Nithari killings: Kohli held guilty

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Ghaziabad, May 4: A special on Tuesday, May 4, held Surender Kohli, the domestic help, guilty in the second case of the sensational Nithari murder case.

The special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court prounounced Kohli guilty of the rape and murder of seven-year-ol d Arti, one of the 19 victims whose body parts were found in a drain in Noida's Nithari village.

The arguments for the quantum of punishment will be held on Wednesday, May 5. Only Kohli has been convicted for Arti' murder.

However, Arti's father Durga Prasad, taxi driver, submitted a review application before the special court challenging the judgment.

In his application Durga Prasad said that he wanted his statement to be recorded again as his earlier statement was made under the pressure from the CBI. He said that he would the high court to get Pandher chargesheeted in the case.

"We are not satisfied with the entire handling of the case, so we will appeal to the Allahabad High Court, in which we will prosecute Pandher," Prasad told reporters outside the court.

According to CBI, Arti, a kindergarden student of Sarva Hitkari Sikshha Niketan, went to her grandfather's house nearby to get chocolate on Sep 25, 2006.

Her father lodged a complain with Noida police when she failed to turn up. The chargesheet in the case was filed by the police on Dec 29, 2009.

The case was later transferred to the CBI, who stuck to the Noida police version on the murder.

The judgment in the first case, out of the 14 murder cases, of Rimpa Haldhar was declared a year ago, in which the main accused Kohli and his employer Moninder Singh Pandher were awarded death penalty by a lower court in Ghaziabad.

While the lower court's sentencing against Kohli was upheld by Allahabad High Court, Pandher was acquitted in the case as he was in Australia when Rimpa was killed.

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