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Nithari victims’ parents move court against clean chit to Pandher

By IANS, Ghaziabad : Parents of children murdered allegedly by a psychopath serial killer in the house of businessman Moninder Singh Pandher in Nithari village moved a city court Tuesday challenging the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s clean chit to Pandher.

Police discovered skeletal remains of at least 20 children and women in a drain behind the house of Pandher in the Nithari in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida district close to national capital Delhi.

The CBI has so far filed three charge sheets against Pandher’s domestic aide Surendra Koli for three of the killings.

A petition on behalf of the parents was filed by advocate Khalid Khan in the court of Special Judicial Magistrate Sapna Mishra, who, after hearing inconclusive arguments adjourned the matter for hearing May 4.

In their petition, the victim’s parents questioned the CBI’s findings that Pandher was not present at his Sector 31 house in Noida on the days of the killings.

The petition pointed out that it appeared to be “too much of a coincidence” that during all the three killings, for which charge sheets have been filed till date, Pandher was out of Noida. The CBI has absolved him of murder charges on this ground.

The petitioners contended that it would be impossible for a man to be innocent of all the killings that were committed in his own house for a period spanning over one-and-a-half years.

They said that the CBI had given him a clean chit only on the basis of his statements without ascertaining the truth. They claimed that many of the parents, whose children were sexually molested and killed, remember seeing Pandher in his Noida house.

The CBI has registered a total of 19 cases related to the serial killings of children and women at Nithari after the agency took over investigation into the case from local police.