I can’t let my father die: Pandher’s son

February 13th, 2009 - 6:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Ghaziabad, Feb 13 (IANS) Injustice had been done and an innocent man had been “thrown to the dogs”, Moninder Singh Pandher’s son Karandeep lashed out Friday after his father was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl from Nithari village.
“I am stunned by this sentence. I will certainly appeal to the high court. There is no justice given to us here, only injustice,” Karandeep Singh told IANS.

Vowing to save his father, behind whose bungalow in suburban Noida the remains of 19 children and young women were found two years ago, Karandeep said: “I can’t let my father die.”

Trying hard to hide his emotions after Pandher was awarded death along with his domestic help Surendra Koli for the rape and murder of 14-year-old Rimpa Haldar — the first verdict in the Nithari killings, Karandeep vowed to save his father and appeal to the higher court.

“Injustice has been done. You have thrown an innocent man to the dogs and are letting him die. He has not killed anyone. He told me ‘please don’t appeal’. He would rather die than live a life of disgust but I will go and appeal. That’s what my ethics teach me,” the 25-year-old who manages his father’s transport business told reporters.

Karandeep, who maintains his father was not home when the killings took place, said Pandher told him after the judgment: “Truth never prevails, my son. Innocent people are always framed in false cases and actual culprits go scot-free.”

Hitting out at journalists, Karandeep said: “It has all been media pressure. You (media) have never come and heard my side of story. You have been very biased. It’s as if I am a child of a lower god.”

“The Hindi newspapers are writing false reports about my father. Don’t you have children? Can you eat them? Can my father eat children?” he asked angrily.

He said his mother Devinder Kaur, who has been estranged from her husband, was “not coping well at all”.

“I don’t know how we will plan the legal part of all this yet.”

Karandeep said there was hardly any support for him and his family.

“Only the maternal side of my family is here with us now. Leaving my uncle, no one from my father’s side is here with us - obviously there is a property dispute so they must be happy with the death sentence.”

He referred to the fact that the CBI had only mentioned Koli in its May 2007 chargesheet — stating that Haldar was strangled and then cut to pieces by Koli with two kitchen knives and an axe four years ago. Two months later, however, the court reprimanded the investigating agency and Pandher was made co-accused with Koli, 38.

“I am sad that the CBI special court has overlooked the investigation done by the country’s premier investigating agency and pronounced the punishment on the basis of investigation done by local police - all the evidence was fabricated.

“I don’t understand the purpose of CBI’s involvement if the judge does not want to rely on the CBI investigation and considered it to be incompetent.”

Pandher and Koli have been in jail since December 2006.

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