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Nithari case: Allahabad HC to hear Surendra Koli’s plea to commute hanging

Nithari convict Surinder Koli challenged the death sentence for the 2006 rape-and-murder of 11-year-old Nisha, saying there was inordinate delay in implementing sentence.

india Updated: Jun 06, 2017 12:23 IST
Jitendra Sarin
Jitendra Sarin
Hindustan Times, Allahabad
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Nithari convict Surinder Koli being taken to Ghaziabad court from Dasna District Jail for a judgement last year.(HT PHOTO)

The Allahabad high court has agreed to hear a plea to commute the death sentence given to Surinder Koli, who confessed to killing, raping and eating the flesh of several children at a house in Noida’s Nithari village a decade ago.

Koli challenged the death sentence given last December by a CBI court in Ghaziabad in the 2006 rape-and-murder case of 11-year-old Nisha, saying there was inordinate delay in implementing his sentence. This was the seventh case in which Koli was held guilty.

In six cases, he was given the death sentence but the Allahabad high court last year reduced the punishment to life in jail in one of the cases – the rape-and-murder of 11-year-old Rimpa Halder.

Koli and his employer Moninder Singh Pandher, a Noida businessman, were arrested in 2006 for the gruesome killing of several children and dumping their remains in the backyard of Pandher’s house at Nithari village in Noida.

Police recovered 17 skeletal remains of children from the house that was dubbed by the media as the “house of horrors”.

A lower court sentenced Koli to death in 2005 for the murder of Halder but his hanging was stopped in 2014 in a midnight hearing by the Supreme Court. The same year, the top court held that inordinate delay in execution of death convicts was a ground for commuting the sentence to life.

First Published: Jun 06, 2017 12:07 IST