Forensic evidence tampered with in Aarushi case?

Last Updated: Monday, September 7, 2009 - 16:02

Zeenews Burea

New Delhi: The mystery surrounding the sensational Aarushi Talwar murder case has deepened further with evidence suggesting that the 14-year-old girl’s vaginal swab sent to the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics was not the sample originally taken from her body.

According to an independent investigation conducted by the Zee News into the case, the vaginal swab sent to the Hyderabad-based forensic laboratory did not contain any traces of semen or white discharge, suggesting that the samples were not of Arushi and instead belonged to an unidentified woman.

The suspicions are based on the fact that Dr Sunil Dohere of Noida government hospital, who had conducted the post-mortem on May 16, 2008, had in his report mentioned to have found a white discharge - suggestive of seminal fluid – in Aarushi’s vaginal swab.
The Noida police’ role is also under scanner for its dubious handling of the case. It has been proved that two police constables identified as Rajpal and Pawan, who were entrusted with the responsibility of handing over Aarushi’s slide samples to the government hospital, had deliberately delayed the process.

As per the report, they handed over the samples to a lab assistant identified as Rich Saxena after a delay of four hours.

In a statement given to the CBI, the duo has confessed that they handed the samples to Rich Saxena but they were totally unfamiliar with her name.

What further evokes suspicion is the fact that the lady in question has been on leave since June 2008. She also faces allegations of tampering with the lab documents and taking them home without permission.

Moreover, ideally, the responsibility for handing over the swab samples to the government hospital should have been taken by the Investigating Officers (IO), which was not done.

Further, on the day when post-mortem was conducted on Aarushi’s body, two more autopsies were done. Of the two cases, only one was female, who had reportedly committed suicide so there was no need for taking her vaginal swab?

All this indicates that Aarushi’s vaginal swab was deliberately switched in connivance of the hospital staff, police officers; apparently to save the real culprits.

The country’s premier investigative agency, the CBI, has already drawn flaks for its failure to nab the real culprits responsible for the teenager’s murder.

In the past one year the case has seen several twists and turns and the police is still groping in the dark for valuable leads.

The new Zee News disclosure is surely going to give a tough time to the CBI in its bid to unveil truth.



First Published: Monday, September 7, 2009 - 16:02

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