New Delhi : The Supreme Court has refused to stay the execution of death sentence awarded to Nithari rapist-cum-serial killer Surinder Koli and dismissed his plea seeking review of its verdict by which it had upheld the sentence.

“Application for stay of execution is rejected. There is a delay of 1153 days in filing the review petition which has not been satisfactorily explained. Even otherwise, we have gone through the review petition and the connected papers. We see no reason to interfere with the order impugned. The review petition is, therefore, dismissed both on the ground of delay as well as on merits,” a bench of justices H L Dattu and A R Dave said.

The mercy plea of 42-year-old Kohli has recently been rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee.

Koli, who brutally killed and later axed children in Nithari locality of Noida in Uttar Pradesh, was awarded death sentence by a lower court which was upheld by the Allahabad High Court and confirmed by the Supreme Court on February 15, 2011 for the murder of a 14-year-old girl in 2005.

Holding that Koli, “appears to be the serial killer”, the court had said adding;

No mercy can be shown

to him.”

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