Pandher's son moves SC for case transfer
In his petition, Karan pointed out that local lawyers have declined to take up his father's case after the local bar association passed a resolution that no lawyer would represent the accused in the case, reports Satya Prakash.Updated: Feb 19, 2007 20:34 IST
Apprehending threat to his father's life, Karan Deep Singh Pandher, son of Nithari killings case main accused Moninder Singh Pandher, has moved the Supreme Court seeking transfer of the case from the Ghaziabad District Court to a sessions court in Delhi.
In his petition, Karan pointed out that local lawyers have declined to take up his father's case after the local bar association passed a resolution that no lawyer would represent the accused in the case.The charged atmosphere in Ghaziabad was not conducive to a fair trial, he submitted.
The petitioner cited the recent verdict of the apex court transferring the Kashmir sex scandal case which was transferred to Chandigarh after the local Bar in Srinagar passed a similar resolution that no lawyer would represent any accused in the case.
Drawing the court's attention to the "murderous" attack on his father and co-accused Surinder Koli on January 25 in Ghaziabad Court complex, he also contended that there was a serious threat to his father's life there. The DSP in charge of security of the accused during the court proceedings has since been suspended.
Hindustan Times had first reported on January 27 that Karan would move the apex court for transfer of the case from Uttar Pradesh to Delhi.
During the last two years, about 38 children went missing from Nithari village in Noida but no action was taken against the culprits by the local police which ignored the complaints lodged by the aggrieved parents.
The recovery of skeleton remains from the drain adjacent to Pandher's House in Noida had led to widespread public outcry and the Uttar Pradesh Government was forced to transfer the probe to the CBI as the conduct of the local police was not above board.
Several police officers, including the then SSP, Noida have also been suspended and another SSP of the district has been shifted to Lucknow.
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First Published: Feb 19, 2007 20:34 IST