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Verdict in second Nithari case tomorrow

india Updated: Mar 31, 2009 16:37 IST
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The Special CBI court in Ghaziabad will deliver its judgement on Wednesday on the rape and murder of eight-year-old Aarti, one of the 19 victims of the gruesome Nithari killings, in which Surinder Koli, servant of businessman Moninder Singh Pandher, is an accused.

Wednesday's verdict will be the second in the sensational killings which had rocked the country in 2006 as a CBI Special Court has already convicted and pronounced death penalty for both Pandher and Koli in a separate case.

According to the prosecution, Aarti had gone missing in the afternoon of October 25, 2006 and three days later, police found her remains buried behind Pandher’s house in Nithari.

“Surinder Koli has already admitted to his guilt. We are confident that the court will pronounce right judgement in this case also,” victim’s counsel Praveen Rai told PTI.

Aarti’s family members in their recorded statements, as per the charge sheet, have not named 55-year-old Pandher. Even, the CBI has filed a charge sheet only against 38-year-old Koli in the case.

Pandher was given a clean chit primarily on the basis of his cellphone records.

“There were not any evidence to suggest the role of Pandher in the Aarti case. That is why his name did not appear in CBI charge sheet,” Rai said while commenting on allegations.