Ghaziabad: A designated CBI court here on Monday took up the closure report filed by the agency in the sensational murder of Aarushi Talwar, but designated January 7 as the date on which it will hear the case.
The court has asked the CBI to submit by January 7 with it all the remaining documents in the case.
The court also rejected the protest petition filed by Rajesh Talwar, father of the murdered teenager Aarushi. Talwar had requested that the case not be closed as requested by the investigating agency.
In its closure report in the case, the CBI had named Aarushi’s father as a suspect, but expressed its inability to prosecute him because of insufficient evidence.
The court, before which the agency had filed the closure report on December 29, after two-and-a-half-years of investigation, is to decide whether or not the case should be re-investigated.
At the start of the proceedings today, the Special Court registered the agency`s closure report in the Aarushi murder case.
Special Judicial Magistrate (CBI) Preeti Singh then asked CBI counsel AK Saini, "What was the hurry (in filing a closure report)? Where are the documents (annexures) of the closure report?"
"Our (CBI) process is that we file closure report when a decision in this regard is taken," Saini replied.
With regard to the documents, the CBI assured that it will submit all the documents before the court.
To this the Judge said: “The court will give time to the investigating officer to submit the annexures to the closure report.”
Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, while challenging the filing of the closure report, had told reporters outside the court today, ”I just want that my daughter gets justice.”
Aarushi’s parents, both dentist, have slammed the investigating agency for making `false and baseless` allegations against them. There are also reports suggesting that they may file a defamation suit against the CBI
"By this closure report all I can say is that the CBI has condemned us for life. They have put all kinds of false allegations upon us without any evidence. This has been completely shocking thing for us," Nupur said.
"A completely unscientific investigation has taken place. It is very upsetting and disappointing and when I see all these things, I don`t know where the justice for my child has gone," she said.
In its closure report, CBI gave a clean chit to three servants of the doctor couple - Krishna, Raj Kumar and Vijay Mandal - who were picked up as suspects.
14-year-old Aarushi was found murdered with her throat slit at the Talwars’ residence in Noida near Delhi on the morning of May 16, 2008. The body of Hemraj, their domestic help, was also found on the terrace the next day.
CBI has raised doubts over the role of the dentist couple in the case but said there was insufficient evidence against Rajesh for it to file a chargesheet as it could not zero in on any motive.
In an attempt to find the murder weapon, the CBI also checked a golf club – suspected to be the murder weapon - provided to them by Rajesh. The CBI in the closure report had said that the golf club "appeared to have been thoroughly cleaned... visibly distinct from the other golf clubs of the set".
However, `no body fluid or blood could be detected on the clubs`, the closure report said.
The CBI report said that the dimensions of the striking surface of the club seized from Rajesh are identical to the dimensions of the injury found on the heads of Aarushi and Hemraj.