Wednesday is judgment day for domestic help Surendra Koli who allegedly strangulated to death, attempted to rape and then cannibalised seven-year-old girl Aarti Prasad around three years ago at Nithari in Noida.
A Central Bureau of investigation (CBI) court will on Wednesday pronounce its verdict against Koli in the case involving the murder of Aarti on September 25, 2006. Earlier, on February 13, the same CBI court had awarded death to Koli and his employer Moninder Singh Pandher, a former dealer of earth-moving machines, in the case involving the murder and attempted rape of Rimpa Halder (14) around four years ago.
The CBI, the probe agency, chargesheeted only Koli in the Aarti case since “Pandher was away when Aarti was lured inside the bungalow, sexually assaulted and then killed by Koli,” according to the agency’s prosecutor J P Sharma. While Pandher has since challenged the verdict against him in the Halder case in the Allahabad High Court, Koli is yet to follow suit in this regard.
The CBI, which is probing 19 cases of murder in Nithari, allegedly done by Koli, has submitted 16 chargesheets till now: in 10 of the cases the agency has held only Koli responsible, including the Aarti case since the murders occurred at Pandher’s bungalow D-5, ostensibly at times when he was not there. The CBI has held both Pandher and Koli guilty in six other cases, as per directions of the court.
According to the chargesheet, Pandher had not returned to his bungalow after leaving for work on the morning of September 25, 2006, the day when Aarti went missing and was murdered. Pandher’s mobile phone’s call detail records showed that he had spent the night intervening September 25/26 with a commercial sex worker at hotel Magpie in Faridabad.
According to Sharma, Koli’s voluntary confession given to a Delhi metropolitan magistrate in March 2007, in which he detailed how he murdered Aarti, “will seal his fate.” Koli also recovered and identified the axe and knife he used to murder and dismember her and also the clothes worn by Aarti before she died. In all, 45 witnesses deposed in the court against Koli.