14 Sep 2009
The Allahabad High Court has acquitted the main accused Moninder Singh Pandher in the Nithari case relating to the kidnapping and murder of several small children in Nithari (near Nodia in Uttar Pradesh) but confirmed the death penalty awarded to Surinder Koli, the other accused.
In allowing the acquittal, the High Court noted, "We can fully understand that though the case superficially viewed bears an ugly look so as to prima facie shock the conscience of any court, yet suspicion however great it may be, cannot take the place of legal proof. A moral conviction, however, strong or genuine cannot amount to a legal conviction supportable in law." The Court after examining the evidence exhaustively, came to this conclusion.