Pandher readies for appeal
The defence team representing businessman Moninder Singh Pandher will submit grounds of his appeal against the verdict in the Allahabad High Court soon.Updated: Mar 11, 2009, 01:43 IST
The defence team representing businessman Moninder Singh Pandher — who was awarded death sentence by a Ghaziabad court last month for the attempted rape and murder of domestic help Rimpa Halder four years ago in Nithari — will submit grounds of his appeal against the verdict in the Allahabad High Court soon.
Pandher’s son Karandeep, who is currently handling his father’s earthmoving equipment business, told HT: “My father’s lawyer R.S. Sodhi will submit the grounds of his appeal against the CBI court’s verdict early next week.” Pandher has already in-principle appealed against the verdict from Dasna jail where he is lodged.
“Our appeal will point out that existing probes involving serial killers prove that a serial killer always acts alone,” said Karandeep. He added, “Serial killers never act as a team, two sick people do not gang up.”
Pandher and his domestic help Surendra Koli were found guilty for the attempted rape and murder of Halder by the CBI court that sentenced them to death. The CBI is probing 19 cases of rape/attempted rape and murder of 19 young kids and women, allegedly by Koli between February 2005 to 2006.
Another of ground for appeal, said Karandeep, will cite the “irrefutable fact” that Pandher was absent from the crime scene— D 5, Sector 31, Noida — when the murders took place. “The CBI’s probe had found out that my father was away between January 30 to February 15 in 2005. He was in Australia, and his passport’s particulars attested by the authorities concerned prove this fact,” said Karandeep.
The appeal will also seek to challenge two basic contentions of the CBI court’s verdict that led to the conviction of Pandher: the fact there was a “slaughterhouse-like stench up to a kilometre from the D-5 bungalow” and “a saw was recovered at the instance of Pandher” on January 1, 2007, about which the CBI did not inform a medical panel or the court either.
“The only stench was from a drain in front of the house. Our neighbours could not ever smell anything foul either,” said Karandeep. Adding, “Nor did I when I was there in November 2006, a month before my father’s arrest.”
Pandher’s defence team will argue that “it was actually Koli who led to the saw’s recovery and that the forensic reports had ruled out the use of any weapon having teeth, like a saw, to dismember the bodies,” said Karandeep.