CBI absolves Pandher in Nithari case

Updated on May 20, 2007 03:24 AM IST
The CBI has once again given a clean chit toMoninder Singh Pandher while his domestic aide Surinder Koli was charged with the rape and murder of a minor girl, reports Kapil Datta.
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IANS | ByKapil Datta, Noida

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday filed before the special CBI court in Ghaziabad its chargesheet in the Rimpa Haldar murder case, giving businessman Moninder Singh Pandher a clean chit and listing his servant Surendra Koli as the main accused.

CBI spokesperson G.Mohanty told Hindustan Times, “A chargesheet has been filed in the RC-17 case on the murder of Rimpa Haldar, daughter of Anil Haldar. She had gone missing on February 2005. Pandher was in Australia at the time of the murder in his house. Only his servant has been made accused.”

The victim's father, Anil Haldar, said, “I am deeply hurt that Pandher was spared by the CBI once again. Pandher has bribed the CBI officials. I want justice for my daughter and not a compensation of Rs 5 lakh. Money cannot bring my daughter back.”

Khalid Khan, counsel for relatives of Nithari victims, said: "Following our protest petition in the Pinky Sarkar murder case, the CBI court had ordered a fresh probe into Pandher's role, asking for independent witnesses’ statements other than cellphone details. This time, the CBI has submitted the passport, visa and other documents so that no protest application could be filed against the chargesheet."

On Friday, Samajik Vikas Samiti, an NGO, had filed a petition under section 156(3) of the Criminal Procedure Code in the Ghaziabad Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court, seeking registration of a case against the CBI and the Noida police investigators for concealment of the case diary and the general diary, Khan said.

“In the petition, the Samiti has sought action against CBI investigation officer Nirbhay Kumar, the erstwhile investigation officer of the Noida police, the former circle officer of Noida, Dinesh Yadav, and the former Station Officer of Noida’s sector 20 police station, B.P.Singh,” Khan said.

The Samiti, he said, has sought registration of a case against all the officers under sections 120B (conspiracy), 201(concealment of evidence), 217 and 218 (disobedience of law) and 471 (production of forged documents) of the IPC.

In reply to the Samiti’s plea, Mohanty said, “Everyone has a right to file a petition. We will reply to the court as and when we are asked to respond." kapildatta13@gmail.com

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