UP govt seeks police view before forwarding Koli's mercy plea

Ghaziabad: Before forwarding the mercy petition of Nithari prime accused Surendra Koli to the President, the Uttar Pradesh government has sought from the police its opinion and details of his conduct in jail and the possible repercussions of hanging him as ordered by a CBI court.

CBI special Judge Shyam Lal had earlier this month ordered that Koli be hanged between May 24 and May 31.

The letter from department of law and justice seeking opinion of the victim's family members, along with that of the police and Dasna Jail authorities about Koli's conduct was received by Senior SP Gautam Budh Nagar, police said.

The letter also sought views of the police regarding the fallout of hanging him in nearby circle of Nithari village.

They said the reply has to be sent within a day or two since the stipulated period for hanging Koli expires next week.

The CBI Judge had on May 19 asked the jail superintendent to produce the opinion of secretary law and justice about the mercy petition and had fixed May 23 for next hearing.

Since he was on leave yesterday, the hearing was postponed to May 26.

Meanwhile, Jail Superintendent Viresh Raj Sharma said that in view of the mercy petition, "it is now up to the Judge whether he will stay the execution."

The CBI Judge had issued the death warrant for execution of Koli after the Supreme Court in February confirmed the death penalty awarded to him in the case related to rape and murder of 14-year-old Rimpa Haldar.

However, on May 7 Koli had applied for mercy to the President of India through the Jail Superintendent.