Nithari: Koli convicted in Rachna murder case

A special CBI court Monday convicted Surinder Koli-- servant of Moninder Singh Pandher-- for murder and rape of teenager Rachna in the sensational Nithari killings case that sent shock waves across the country in 2006.

Ghaziabad: A special CBI court Monday
convicted Surinder Koli-- servant of Moninder Singh Pandher--
for murder and rape of teenager Rachna in the sensational
Nithari killings case that sent shock waves across the country
in 2006.

"The court today convicted Surinder Koli for the rape
and murder of Rachna at Nithari in 2006. The quantum of
sentence will be pronounced tomorrow," CBI lawyer J P Sharma
said.

The court of special CBI Judge A K Singh found Koli
guilty under sections 302 (punishment for murder), 364
(kidnapping for murder), 201 (causing disappearance of
evidence), 511 (punishment for life imprisonment) and 376
(punishment for rape) of IPC.

During the 122 days of trial, the court examined 46
witnesses before giving the verdict today, Sharma said.

Nine-year-old Rachna Lal was found missing in April
2006 after she left her home saying she was going to meet her
grandparents.

After Rachna went untraceable, her parents lodged a
police complaint. Her parents later identified Rachna`s
clothes and other belongings from the D-5 residence of Pandher
when a search was carried out.

Pandher was not an accused in this case as the
investigating agency had not found any evidence against him.

With the decision in this case of Nithari killings, 13
others remain to be decided.

Both Pandher and his domestic aide Surinder Koli have
been accused of killing young children and women and a total
of 19 cases have been lodged against them.

On February 13, 2009, the duo were sentenced to death
in the Rimpa Haldar case in the first verdict in the Nithari
killings. However, Pandher was acquitted by the Allahabad High
Court on September 11, last year.

PTI