Victims’ families want courts to put cases on fast track

‘Charge sheets have been filed in 16 cases, while one is under investigation’

NEW DELHI: Three years after the gory Nithari killings in Noida next door to Delhi rocked the country causing widespread public outrage over cannibalistic traits of convict Surinder Koli, 18 out of 19 cases continue to linger on.

While businessman Moninder Singh Pandher, at whose D-5 Noida house the crimes were committed, and his domestic help Koli were sentenced to death by a CBI court in February this year for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl, 16 more cases are under judicial process.

The Allahabad High Court had on September 11 this year acquitted Pandher while confirming the death sentence of Koli.

The victims’ families want the courts to take up the Nithari killing cases in a fast track mode.

“The next hearing could be in the case of another victim who was allegedly raped and murdered at Pandher’s residence. We hope the courts take up the cases on a priority basis. The families want justice,” said Khalid Khan, a lawyer representing the families of Nithari victims.

Investigation

“Charge sheets have been filed in 16 cases, while one case is under investigation. In two other cases the closure reports have been filed,” Special Public Prosecutor for CBI J. P. Sharma told PTI. – PTI

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