Holding that death row convict Surinder Koli is a “disgrace to society deserving no sympathy”, a special court in Ghaziabad on Wednesday awarded him capital punishment for rape and murder of a girl. This is the fourth Nithari case in which Koli has been given death penalty.

Special CBI Judge A.K. Singh held Koli guilty under IPC sections 302 (murder), 376 (rape) and 364 (kidnapping) and imposed a fine of Rs. 10,000 on him.

Pronouncing the sentence against the 38-year-old Koli, Justice Singh said he is a “disgrace to society and deserves no sympathy”.

He further said the crime committed by Koli was “heinous” and a “stigma and threat to humanity”.

The victim, who had gone missing in June 2006 and whose name was mentioned in the complaint lodged in December that year about missing children in Nithari near Noida, was identified by her mother through her footwear and the DNA test conducted on her skeletal remains.

Though the court had decided to deliver the quantum of sentence on Thursday, it later decided to pronounce it on Wednesday itself after the prosecution made a request for it.

A total of 19 cases were filed in connection with the rape and murder of children and a young woman whose skeletal remains, clothes and footwear were found in Nithari in 2006 and the Central Bureau of Investigation had filed charge sheets in 16 cases. Three cases were closed due to lack of evidence.

Koli was also given capital punishment in February 2009, September 2009 and May this year for rape and murder in three different cases.