Aarushi murder case: Timeline

Last Updated: Monday, September 14, 2009 - 22:03

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The sequence of events following Aarushi- Hemraj double murder case:

  • May 16: Aarushi Talwar, daughter of a dentist couple, found dead with her throat slit in the bedroom of her flat in Jal Vayu Vihar; domestic help Hemraj suspected.
  • May 17, 2008: Hemraj`s body found on the terrace of Talwar`s house. Noida Sector-20 Police Station House Officer shifted for lapses in investigations. Autopsy report rules out sexual assault.
  • May 18, 2008: The police say a sharp-edged surgical instrument was used to slit the throats of Aarushi and Hemraj. Additional Director General of Uttar Pradesh police Brij Lal says the double murder will be probed by the state Special Task Force (STF).
  • May 19, 2008: Talwar`s former Nepalese domestic help Vishnu Sharma named suspect.
  • May 20: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati visits Noida, avoids Talwar family.
  • May 21, 2008: Delhi Police join murder probe; police say murder committed by a "doctor or a butcher".
  • May 22, 2008: Family under suspicion; honor killing angle probed; police quiz Aarushi`s close friend, whom she spoke to 688 times in the 45 days preceding her murder.
  • May 23, 2008: Rajesh Talwar, father of Aarushi, held for double murder. Gurdarshan Singh, the Inspector General of Police, Meerut range, says that Talwar killed his daughter Aarushi in a fit of rage after finding her in an "objectionable position but not compromising state" with Hemraj. He says Hemraj was murdered first. Talwar sent to judicial custody.
  • May 24, 2008: Aarushi`s mother, Nupur Talwar, claims her husband is innocent.
  • May 25, 2008: Family meets Talwar in Ghaziabad`s Dasna jail.
  • May 26, 2008: Dentist Anita Durrani denies illicit relations with Rajesh Talwar. The police says Aarushi objected to this relationship.
  • May 27, 2008: Talwar sent to three-day police custody. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights asks the police to explain "objectionable" statements on Aarushi. Aarushi`s schoolmates protest against her character assassination. Family demands probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
  • May 28, 2008: Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhury criticises the Uttar Pradesh Police for "character assassination" of Aarushi. Officer investigating the case changed for the third time.
  • May 29, 2008: The Uttar Pradesh government recommends CBI probe.
  • May 30, 2008: Talwar sent to judicial custody.
  • June 1, 2008: CBI registers case against Rajesh Talwar in Noida double murder.
  • June 2, 2008: CBI examines Talwar`s house, questions Anita Durrani. Talwar sent to CBI custody for a day.
  • June 3, 2008: CBI gets Talwar`s custody for two more days. Mayawati defends the state police in Noida double murder probe.
  • June 4, 2008: Talwar undergoes lie-detector test.
  • June 5, 2008: Talwar sent to 14 days` judicial remand.
  • June 6, 2008: CBI searches Talwars` house and sewer lines for murder weapon.
  • June 7, 2008: Rajesh Talwar`s bail plea deferred.
  • June 10, 2008: Lie detector test on Talwar`s compunder Krishna. CBI conducts fresh search at Talwar`s residence. Talwar again denied bail. Krishna emerges as prime suspect.
  • June 11, 2008: CBI takes Krishna to Bangalore for narco test.
  • June 12, 2008: Krishna undergoes narco test.
  • June 13, 2008: The Nepalese compounder of Dr Rajesh Talwar, Krishna (alias Kishan) arrested by CBI. The arrest followed polygraph test and Narco Analysis test at Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), Bangalore the day before. He was earlier subjected to polygraph test twice at Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Delhi as well as psychological assessment test at AIIMS, New Delhi on June 9, 2008; based on the test results, CBI arrested Krishna.
  • June 14, 2008: Krishna the compounder of Dr Rajesh Talwar was produced before the duty magistrate, district courts, Ghaziabad. CBI requested for 14 days Police custody of Krishna for further investigation. The Magistrate granted 3 days police custody remand. He was to be produced before the Special Magistrate for CBI cases at Ghaziabad on June 17, 2008. Earlier on the, a CBI team conducted search at Jalvayu Vihar, Noida, where Krishna used to live. CBI team had seized some clothing and other materials for forensic examination. Rajkumar, the Nepalese domestic help of the Duranis, was subjected to polygraph test at CFSL, Delhi.
  • June 19, 2008: The judicial custody of Dr Rajesh Talwar was extended up to July 2, 2008. An application was moved for second lie detection test of Dr Rajesh Talwar, as his first lie detection test remained inconclusive, experts advised for a second lie detection test. Lie detector test on also been conducted on Vijay Mandal the domestic help of a neighbour of the Talwars.
  • June 17, 2008: Krishna produced before special magistrate, CBI court, Ghaziabad. CBI applied for further 11 days police custody remand for continuing the investigation. The magistrate granted 6 days police custody. He was to be produced before CBI magistrate, Ghaziabad on June 23, 2008. A team accompanied by forensic expert thoroughly searched the room where Rajkumar used to live in Sector 53, Noida. Earlier, something seized from this room on June 13, 2008 was being forensically examined.
  • June 20, 2008: Lie detection test of Dr Rajesh Talwar conducted at CFSL, Delhi.
  • June 23, 2008: Krishna arrested by CBI on June 13, 2008 produced before the special magistrate, CBI courts, Ghaziabad. After completion of 6 days police custody given on June 17, 2008, CBI requested for further custody of Krishna for 4 days for further interrogation and recovery of weapon. The magistrate passed an order extending his further police custody for 4 days. He was to be produced before the Court on June 27, 2008.
  • June 25, 2008: Second lie detection test was conducted on Dr Nupur Talwar. Her first lie detection test was found inconclusive.
  • June 26, 2008: The CBI declared the case to be a "blind case". Dr Rajesh Talwar refused bail by the special magistrate, CBI courts, Ghaziabad.
  • June 27, 2008: Krishna taken to Talwars` residence by the CBI and thereafter produced before the special magistrate, where his bail plea was rejected once again. The Talwars` family friends Duranis` Nepalese domestic help Rajkumar arrested on the suspicion of involvement in the murder. Some washed T-shirts with faint human blood stains seized and sent for DNA matching. However, the Duranis (doctors themselves) maintained that the stains could be from the boils that Rajkumar had on his body. Rajkumar had already been subjected to polygraph test, psychological assessment, brain mapping and narco analysis at FSL, Gandhinagar from June 23 to June 26, 2008.
  • June 28, 2008: Rajkumar produced before special magistrate, CBI court, Ghaziabad and is sent to police custody for 14 days. He looked unperturbed with a smile.
  • June 30, 2008: Krishna`s lawyer approached a Ghaziabad court for his bail. However, it was refused because the court that was approached did not have sufficient powers in this case. CBI joint director Arun Kumar who was in charge of the investigation received a letter from Uttar Pradesh government for recall to his original cadre in Uttar Pradesh.
  • July 2, 2008: Once again, Dr Rajesh Talwar was produced before special magistrate, CBI court, Ghaziabad. His bail plea was rejected and his judicial custody extended till July 11, 2008. CBI said that he was still among the suspects.
  • July 3, 2008: The Supreme Court of India rejected a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) case which challenged the administration of narco-analysis test on the accused in the case. A bench headed by Justice Altamas Kabir refused to hear the petition, as the petitioner, a lawyers` body, was an unregistered entity.
  • July 6, 2008: A major English daily revealed that, apparently, on the night the murders were committed, the dentist couple Dr Rajesh and Dr Nupur left their flat around midnight and came back around 5 am. They went to a high society party for which some 12 suites were booked in a posh South Delhi hotel.
  • July 7, 2008: CBI came out with an official statement on their site, stating, "A section of media has reported quoting CBI sources that Dr Rajesh Talwar and Dr Nupur Talwar were not present in their house on the night of 15th May, 2008 and more than a dozen rooms were booked in a hotel in Delhi. It is clarified that the news item is speculative and not true. Investigation of the case is progressing diligently." Earlier, Dr Nupur Talwar went to the CBI headquarters and refuted the allegations regarding their absence on the night of the murders. She also expressed her intentions to take legal action against the media house. However, some other TV channels debated the merits of her and CBI`s affirmations in the light of glaring gaps in the Talwars` story.
  • July 9, 2008: Rakumar, the domestic help of the Durranis who are close associates and family friends of the Talwars, was subjected by CBI to narco-analysis test at FSL Bangalore. Rajkumar`s police custody ends on July 11, 2008. It was Rajkumar`s second narco-analysis test.
  • July 10, 2008: A news report on some TV channels suggested that CBI had some breakthrough on Rajkumar as the culprit and had confessed during narco-analysis test. He was learned to have committed this along with Krishna, Sambhu and allegedly Hemraj also. The reason told by him was lust and killing Hemraj for fear that Hemraj might have disclosed information.
  • July 11, 2008: Vijay Mandal the servant of one of the neighbors of the Talwars was arrested. Arun Kumar, Joint Director CBI, held a press conference. In the press conference he stated that the CBI was awaiting DNA matching of washed bloodstains on Rajkumar`s T-shirts. He confirmed the affirmation that the CBI still considered a blind case. Dr Rajesh Talwar and Krishna both appeared before special CBI court, Ghaziabad to seek bail. Their petitioned were heard and Dr Rajesh Talwar has been decided to be realeased, as the CBI had no evidence against him as of now. Eminent criminal lawyer R K Anand undertook to defend Krishna. CBI now tentatively believes some two or three domestic helps and Krishna to be the prime suspects. However, CBI just has forensic evidence, which is not admissible as evidence in the court. Still, there is no recovery of the weapon of murder and the two cell phones respectively of Aarushi and Hemraj.
  • July 12, 2008: Dr Rajesh Talwar released from Ghazibad’s Dasna jail, meets his wife, Dr Nupur Talwar and brother, Dinesh Talwar. Dr Talwar visits Sai Baba Temple with his family members and thanks God and CBI while speaking to the media.
  • September 4, 2009: CBI says Aarushi`s DNA evidence have been tampered with.
  • September 09, 2009: CBI reconstitutes team probing Aarushi`s case.
  • September 14, 2009: Aarushi`s mobile phone recovered. Delhi police hands over phone to CBI


  • First Published: Monday, September 14, 2009 - 22:03
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