Ghaziabad: A CBI special court on Wednesday awarded death sentence to businessman MS Pandher’s domestic help Surinder Koli, convicted for the rape and murder of seven-year-old Arti in Noida`s Nithari village.
Terming it as a ‘rarest of the rare’ case, the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge AK Singh held Koli fully responsible for the heinous crime.
This is the second time when the special CBI court has awarded a death sentence in connection with the Nithari serial killing cases.
However, Koli has the right to appeal against the special court judgement in the higher court.
On May 4, the special court convicted Koli of the rape and murder of Arti who had disappeared from her home in September 2006. She was among the 19 women and children from Nithari village whose body parts were found in a drain.
Of the 17 chargesheets in the Nithari murder cases, the judgment in the first case of Rimpa Haldhar was pronounced about a year ago -- main accused Koli and his employer Pandher were sentenced to death by a lower court in Ghaziabad.
The Allahabad High Court upheld the lower court`s punishment given to Koli but gave a clean chit to Pandher, who was said to be away in Australia when Rimpa`s killing took place on his house.