December 29, 2006
: Police find skeletal remains in the drain behind Moninder Singh Pandher’s house. Pandher and his servant Surinder Koli held.
January 3, 2007: UP government suspends Piyush Mordia, former SSP, Gautam Budh Nagar district; Saumitra Yadav, the then additional SP of Noida, and former circle officer Sewak Ram Yadav. Six sub-inspectors, who had earlier been suspended, dismissed.
January 4: Noida SSP RKS Rathore tells HT that Pandher has confessed to have sexually assaulted the victims. “He also accepted that when Payal blackmailed him, he asked Koli to kill her,” Rathore said.
January 5-9: Narco analysis, brain mapping and lie-detector tests of the two suspects conducted at Gandhinagar.
January 10: Case transferred to CBI, which re-registers 19 cases.
January 15: The CBI says it has “bio-materials packed in more than 40 polythene bags from the drain in front of D 5” in Nithari.
January 25: Pandher and Koli attacked in Ghaziabad court.
January 30: CBI raids the Meerut residence of dismissed sub-inspector Simranjit Kaur.
March: Koli records his confession statement before a Metropolitan Magistrate in Delhi
March 21: Simranjit Kaur arrested.
March 22: CBI files first chargesheet. Says Pandher was not involved in either murder or rape in any of the 16 cases.
May 11: Special Judge Rama Jain directs CBI to probe Pandher’s role in Pinki Sarkar murder case. September 1: Jatin Sarkar, father of Pinki Sarkar, dies under mysterious circumstances.
September 12: Ghaziabad court orders framing of additional charges against Pandher for murder, abduction, rape and destruction of evidence, in the Payal murder case.
November 15: Nand Lal, father of Payal, retracted from his statement earlier given before the CBI. Lal, who had earlier told the court that Pandher confessed to his crime, gave him a clean chit.
December 1: Special Judge Rama Jain orders registration of perjury case against Lal.
December 5: Lal granted bail in perjury case.