Nithari: CBI court holds Koli guilty in 2nd case

A CBI court on Tuesday held Surender Koli guilty in the rape and murder of 7-yr-old Arti.

Updated: May 05, 2010, 00:53 AM IST

Ghaziabad: A special CBI court on Tuesday held
businessman Moninder Singh Pandher’s domestic help Surender
Koli guilty in the rape and murder of seven-year-old Arti in
one of the 19 cases of Nithari killings.

Special Additional District and Session Judge A K
Singh, who convicted Koli in the Arti murder case, is
expected to pronounce the quantum of sentence tomorrow.

The Arti case is the second of the 19 cases of rape
and murder of children and a young woman in which the special
court has pronounced its verdict. The crimes occurred in
Nithari village in Uttar Pradesh in 2006.

Koli (38) was named as the sole accused in connection
with the brutal murder of Arti in the chargesheet filed by CBI
after it took over the probe into Nithari killings from the
local police. In all, 46 witnesses were produced in 113
hearings in the murder of Arti, whose body parts were found in
a drain.

Koli was on February 13, 2009 sentenced to death in
the Rimpa Haldar case along with Pandher. However, Pandher was
acquitted by the Allahabad High Court on September 11, 2009.

Arti went missing in June 2006 and a few months later
her body was found from the vicinity of Pandher`s D-31
bungalow in Nithari in Noida along with bodies of 17 other
children and a young woman. Thereafter, 19 cases were

Koli has been charged with rape, abduction and murder
in all the cases while Pandher, his employer behind whose
bungalow the body parts were found, is co-accused in six
cases. CBI however gave a clean chit to Pandher.

Kohli, who was in the court, was quiet and looked
serious after being held guilty in the first Nithari killing
case. He broke down last year after being convicted in the
Rimpa Haldar case.

"Kohli has been found guilty under Sections 302 (murder),
364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder) and 201
(causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false
information to screen offender) of Indian Penal Code. Hearing
for sentencing will be held tomorrow," Koli`s lawyer, J P
Singh said.

Arti`s father Durga Prasad accused the CBI of not
allowing him to give complete statement which led to the
acquittal of co-accused Pandher.

"Until now CBI has not allowed me to give my complete
statements. If I had given it, then the court would have found
Pandher guilty... Pandher and Koli were co-conspirators,"
Prasad said.