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CBI clears the air on Nithari killings
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | April 02, 2007 17:42 IST
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday clarified that at no point of time had the agency said that Moninder Singh Pandher had been involved in the killing of the women and children whose body parts were found from the drain next to his D-5 residence in Nithari village in Noida.
Reacting to rediff.com story on the infamous killings, CBI joint director Arun Kumar said, "We never said that he was involved. We had conducted four tests each on Surinder Koli and Moninder Singh Pandher, which included lie detection tests, brain mapping. Pandher did not admit that he was involved in the killings while Koli said that Pandher was not party to the crime."
According to him, it was the media that had put Pandher on trial. He also denied that Pandher was being saved because of his political connections.
The officer who led the investigations in the Nithari killings, which rocked the nation including Parliament, said it was unfortunate that some people in the media have written all sorts of stories in their newspapers without verifying them. One such story reported about sexual relations between suspended Sub Inspector Simranjeet Kaur and Pandher.
"Why should we degrade ourselves to this extent," said the miffed CBI joint director.
According to Kumar, Koli was sodomised by one of the seniors in school and not by a teacher as was being projected in newspapers and television channels. We spoke to Koli's family. His wife was shocked to hear about Koli because, according to her, he was never this sort of person. He has two children.
He expressed his inability to comment on reports on why Maya and Nisha -- two of the maid servants of Pandher -- had disappeared from the scene.