I am relieved, says Pandher's son


"I am relieved. The High Court has given the right decision in our favour. We thank them," he said.

Noida-based businessman Moninder Singh Pandher,55, was today acquitted by the Court which, however, upheld the death sentence awarded to his 33-year-old domestic help Surinder Koli by the special CBI court in Ghaziabad.

The court, on February 13 this year, had awarded death sentence to both Pandher and Koli in connection with the rape and murder of 14-year-old Rimpa Haldar. Karandeep then moved to the Allahabad High Court.

Karandeep said: We had faith in the judiciary. Despite the lower court decision, we continue to fight and at last the truth prevailed.

"We expect the same results in other cases too and based on today's decision, we will decide our future course of actions in other cases,"he said.

The abduction, rape and murder of Rimpa Haldar took place on February 8, 2005.

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