A CBI court at Ghaziabad on Saturday rejected the bail plea of Nithari-case accused Moninder Singh Pandher who is lodged at Dasna prison since December, 2006.
Pandher, for the first time, had filed his bail applications on May 16 in five cases, presently under trial, at the Ghaziabad CBI court.
Rejecting the bail application, a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special judge Shyam Lal stated that bail could not be granted keeping in mind the facts, circumstances and nature of crime. While hearing over the bail, CBI public prosecutor JP Sharma had opposed the bail stating that grant of bail might delay other pending cases against Pandher.
Pandher’s lawyers Devraj Singh and Manoj Gupta had primarily sought his bail on certain legal and medical grounds and stated that his medical conditions could deteriorate further. Pandher, lodged at Dasna prison for nearly 53 months now, suffers from diabetes mellitus and is on treatment of insulin injections.
Pandher, through his lawyers, had filed his bail plea in five cases related to Payal (elder), Pinki Sarkar, Anjali, Madhu and Jyoti. Saturday’s bail rejection order was for the latter three cases while the decision on bail on former two cases would be delivered on May 30.
After the Nithari-killing expose in December 2006, CBI chargesheeted Pandher in a single case under the provisions of Immoral Trafficking Act but chargesheeted his domestic help Surinder Koli in all 16 cases under sections of rape and murder.
Later, the victims’ families approached court under provisions of sections 319 of CrPC and the CBI special court took cognisance and summoned Pandher as co-accused in five cases. In first such case, Pandher and Koli were awarded death penalty by a Ghaziabad court in February 2009. Later, after an appeal, Pandher was acquitted of all charges.