The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stay the execution of the death sentence awarded to Nithari rapist-cum-serial killer Surinder Koli and dismissed his plea on review of its verdict.
“Application for stay of execution is rejected. There is a delay of 1,153 days in filing the review petition which has not been satisfactorily explained. Even otherwise, we have gone through the review petition and the connected papers. We see no reason to interfere with the order impugned. The review petition is, therefore, dismissed both on the ground of delay as well as on merits,” a bench of justices H L Dattu and A R Dave said.
The mercy plea of 42-year-old Koli was recently rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee.
Koli, who brutally killed children in Nithari locality of Noida, Uttar Pradesh, and chopped up their bodies, was awarded the death penalty by a lower court. This was upheld by the Allahabad High Court and confirmed by the Supreme Court on February 15, 2011 for the murder of a 14-year-old girl in 2005.
A total of 16 cases were registered against Koli and his businessman employer Moninder Singh Pandher, who was also sentenced to death in the Rimpa Haldar case, but was acquitted by the Allahabad High Court.
Of the 16 cases filed against Koli, he has been awarded death sentence in four so far and others are still under trial. Koli was found guilty of serial rapes and murders between 2005 and 2006 at his employer Pandher’s house in Nithari. Remains of several missing children were found near the house.