January 24, 2009 12:44:55 am
A special court directed a police officer who investigated the Nithari killings on Friday to appear before it on January 27. This follows allegations by the counsel for the family of one of the victims that the CBI tampered with the case diary to save accused Moninder Singh Pandher.
Judge Ram Jain has summoned the then Noida police circle officer,Dinesh Yadav,for re-examination on a plea by lawyer Khalid Khan,who is representing the family of 19-year-old Rimpa Haldar.
The direction came a day after the CBI produced the case diary. Khan alleged on Friday that either the CBI had tampered with the diary or created false documentary evidence.
He said there was a difference in the original case diary and the one produced by the CBI. He said the photocopy,which was given to the victims family on demand by the Noida police last year,had shown that 15 skulls were recovered from both the prime accused in the case,Pandher and his help Surinder Koli.
The case diary now produced,however,states the skulls were recovered from Koli only,he said,adding that the reference to the recovery of an aari (saw) was also missing.
Khan alleged the CBI was making all efforts to save Pandher. He had earlier moved an application under Section 91 and 311 of the CrPC,demanding the production of the case diary and summoning of Noida police officer Dinesh Yadav in a CBI court.
At least 19 skulls were found from the drain adjacent to Pandhers residence. Sixteen of them were of children who had gone missing over a period of one year. DNA tests confirmed one of them to be of Haldar,who went missing on February 2,2005. Kohli and Pandher were arrested in December 2006 and have been in jail since then.
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