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Aarushi case: CBI court concedes summoning 7 defence witnesses

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 21:29

Ghaziabad: Partially accepting a plea of dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, a special CBI court today allowed to record the statements of seven witnesses out of the list of 13 persons the accused couple had submitted. However, the court rejected two other pleas of the dentist couple, in which they had sought reports of scientific tests and demanded a number of exhibits to be examined by their DNA expert.

Additional Sessions Judge Shyam Lal said that the defence witnesses can depose before the court from June 20.
The court rejected the demand of Talwars to summon former Uttar Pradesh ADG (crime and law &order) Arun Kumar as defence witness.

The seven defence witnesses, on which the court agreed, include Dr RK Sharma, former HOD of forensic science at AIIMS, Dr Urmil Sharma, a gynaecologist and emeritus consultant at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in Delhi, Dr Amulya Chadda, a dentist and Mahendra Sharma, a carpenter.

CBI Judge Shyam Lal also directed CBI to produce the golf stick in the court at the time of the recording of statements of Dr RK Sharma.

Sharma is likely to give his opinion on golf stick in court on June 20. CBI investigating officer A G L Kaul had told the court that Rajesh Talwar brutally hit Aarushi and Hemraj with their golf stick "after finding them in a compromising condition".

"Our two applications regarding submission of scientific test reports, other documents, and exhibits to be examined by defence`s DNA expert were rejected. However, the court partially accepted our defence witness list, allowing 7 out of 13 to record their statements," said Manoj Sisodia, Talwars` counsel.

The judge, however, dropped the names of Arun Kumar, Dr Richa Sexena, SL Vaya, expert at FSL in Gujarat Nodal officer of Airtel, Nodal officer of Vodafone, Arun Kumar, UP ADG (crime and law &order), and registrar at Supreme Court to summon them as defence witnesses, he said.

Court said that Arun Kumar, the then CBI joint director, gave his statements in the media at a stage when the probe was pending, so he could not be summoned as defence witness.

The court said that there is no need of putting reports of brain mapping, polygraph test, narco analysis test and psychological test on court record.

The CBI judge, in its order, has cleared that if defence witnesses are not found on their addresses mentioned by accused, court will not summon them again.

Dr RK Sharma, Dr Urmil Sharma, Rajender Kaul and Dr Amulya Chadda have been asked to testify before the court on June 20.

On June 12, Talwars had submitted a list of 13 persons before the trial court seeking their appearance as defence witnesses in the case.
While on June 11, the accused had moved a petition seeking reports of brain mapping, polygraph, narco analysis and psychological tests.
They had also sought a number of exhibits, which were collected by the Noida Police and CBI during the course of investigation.


First Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 09:48
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