Nithari killings: SC issues notice to Surender Koli on plea against commuting his death penalty into life term


The Supreme Court has issued a notice to Nithari serial killings convict Surender Koli after the Uttar Pradesh government challenged the commuting of his death sentence to life term through a petition.

Justice HL Dattu headed the apex bench which issued the notice to Koli and others.

The UP government had challenged the order passed by the Allahabad High Court which citing ‘inordinate delay’ in deciding Koli’s mercy petition, commuted his death sentence to life term.

However, the UP government denied there had been any delay.

Koli, who is convicted in the 2006 Nithari killings, was commuted in January this year. The death sentence was awared to him on February 13, 2009 by a special CBI court in Ghaziabad.

Pandher and his domestic help Koli had been arrested on December 29, 2006 after police recovered skeletons and other belongings of missing girls, who had been killed and chopped to pieces by the duo. The skeletons were recovered in drains outside Pandher’s house in Noida.