Nithari murder case, one of the most notorious criminal investigations in recent Indian history, in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, in 2006
Prayagraj, UP, October 16, 2023: The Allahabad High Court on Monday acquitted accused Surinder Kohli and Mohinder Singh Pandher in the infamous Nithari murder case.
With this, the death sentence awarded to Kohli and Pandher stands cancelled.
The court found accused Surinder Kohli innocent in the 12 cases against him, while co-accused Moninder Singh Pandher was found innocent in two cases against him.
A total of 16 cases were registered against Koli, and he was sentenced to death in twelve of them.
Pandher had challenged the death sentence handed down in two of the cases by a trial court in the Allahabad High Court.
It was alleged that Koli would lure the children to the house, offering them sweets and chocolates, murder them, and have sex with the corpses. He was also accused of cannibalism.
The gruesome details of the case sent shockwaves across the country and led to the arrest and subsequent conviction of Koli and Pandher.
Surinder Kohli, who was accused of brutally killing and later axing children in the Nithari locality of Noida, was awarded death sentence by a lower court which was upheld by the Allahabad High Court and confirmed by the Supreme Court on February 15, 2011 for the murder of Rimpa Halder in 2005.
Holding that Kohli “appears to be the serial killer”, the court had said, “No mercy can be shown to him.”
His employer, Moninder Singh Pandher was convicted in some cases arising out of the Nithari serial killings and acquitted in a few others.
The Nithari murder case, one of the most notorious criminal investigations in recent Indian history, involved the discovery of multiple human remains in and around Moninder Singh Pandher’s residence in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, in 2006.