Allahabad: Nithari serial Killings case convict Surinder Kohli’s death sentence was today commuted to life imprisonment by Allahabad High Court. The court also slammed the Uttar pradesh Government for the unexplained delay in deciding on his mercy petition.
People’s Union for Democratic rights had filed a petition which was combined with a petition filed by Koli himself. A division bench comprising of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice P K S Baghel passed the order. Both the petitions had questioned the justification of the execution of the death sentence since Koli has been in jail for more than seven years and execution of the death sentence would violate Article 21 of the constitution which grants ‘Right to Life’.
Koli is the main accused in the murder of a number of children in Nithari village of Gautam Buddh district. He was awarded death sentence for the murder of 14 year old Rimpa Haldar by a special CBI court on Feb 13 2009.