Ghaziabad: Punjabi businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his servant Surinder Koli, both accused in the Nithari serial killings, were pronounced guilty Thursday of murder and rape of a 14-year-old girl, leaving the CBI red faced as it had given a cleat chit to the entrepreneur.
Pandher (55) and Koli (38), who have been in judicial custody since January 2007, were produced in the jam-packed court of Rama Jain, Special CBI Judge, who pronounced the duo guilty of murder, rape, criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence.
The quantum of punishment would be pronounced tomorrow, the judge said after delivering a 55-page verdict. The sentence can be death by hanging or life imprisonment.
CBI filed charegsheet in this case on 19 May 2007 in which the agency while giving clean chit to Pandher, had charged Koli of raping and murdering Rimpa Halder at the house of businessman at Nithari in Noida on the outskirts of Delhi.
Rimpa was first of the victims who was brutally killed on 8 February 2005 and her body was found hacked. Koli was suffering from necrophilia (having sex with dead bodies) and also charged with cannibalism (eating human flesh).
In its chargesheet, the CBI had mentioned that Pandher was in Australia with his wife when the incident had taken place and also attached his passport details.
Rejecting the CBI contention, the judge convicted both of them.