Nithari killing: SC notice to UP, WB police

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New Delhi, Nov 1: The Supreme Court today issued notices to Centre, State of Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, CBI director, SP CBI, ex circle officer Noida and SP Murshidabad West Bengal on a petition filed by one of the key witnesses in Nithari killings case, seeking protection for herself and other key witnesses in the case.

A bench comprising Justices B N Aggarwal, P P Naolekar and D K Jain issued notices after hearing counsel for Bandana Sarkar, mother of one of the child victims in Nithari killings case.

Counsel for the petitioner contended that the respondents are trying to shield and protect the main accused Moninder Singh Pandher and also contended that Bandana's husband Jatin Sarkar was murdered by them and that his body was found near a railway track.

The petitioner also contended that the key witnesses in the case including herself are facing constant threat to their lives from Pandher and the respondents and they should be provided with adequate protection.

According to the petitioner, the police was not registering FIR regarding her husband's murder and the case is being taken lightly by the respondents who include powerful police officials.

Dinesh Yadav, the then circle officer of the concerned police station, Noida was transferred after it was confirmed that he was having close links with Pandher and Surendre Koli, another accused in the case who was a domestic servant of Pandher. The story of sexual abuse of small children by the two accused persons came to light following the recovery of 15 skull bones of small children.

According to the petitioner, CBI has so far filed six chargesheets in the case and Pandher has been deliberately charged with lesser offences. The police is not placing the case diary before the court as it contains the statement of many key witnesses making serious allegations against Pandher.

The petitioner has also prayed to the court to direct the respondents to convert her complaint dated May 18, 2007 alleging the murder of her husband, into an FIR and investigate the matter in all seriousness.


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