New Delhi: The crime branch of Delhi police on Monday claimed to have recovered the mobile phone of Aarushi Talwar who was murdered last year. One person has also been arrested in this connection.
According to reports, the police recovered the phone a couple of days back from Khurza town in Bulandshahr in Western Uttar Pradesh. It has been handed over to the CBI to assist it in further investigation. The person from whom the mobile was recovered is reportedly a bank employee of the 4th class, whose name is Ram Valmiki. He will be produced in the Bulandshahr court tomorrow.
"We have recovered the mobile phone. We have handed it
over to CBI which is investigating the case," Delhi Police
spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said.
However, he refused to provide further details saying it
was for CBI to do so.
Police sources said the Special Operations Group of the
Delhi Police`s Crime Branch recovered the mobile phone from
Bulandshahr. The phone had gone missing since her murder in
May last year.
Since the cell phone was being hunted for ever since the tragic killing about one and a half years back, questions are being raised as to whether this would still aid in solving the murder mystery since important details might be missing from the phone as of today.
The probe had faced flak after the CBI failed to find the murder weapon, mobile phones of Arushi and Hemraj, and could not even file a chargesheet in the case.
Earlier this month, Joint Director Arun Kumar, who had led the CBI team in Delhi that was investigating the case, left the agency.
The transfer of investigation comes amid fresh revelations of alleged lapses in the probe, including a possibility that the vaginal swab sent to the forensic laboratory was not Arushi’s.
Superintendent of Police (Dehradun) Nilabh Kishore is in charge of the probe which is currently under the overall supervision of Lucknow CBI joint Director Javed Ahmad and Additional Director S C Sinha.
The case was transferred to the CBI from Noida police on May 31, 2008.
Aarushi, daughter of the dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur
Talwar, was found murdered in her Noida home on May 15,
2008. Their domestic help Hemraj, initially suspected of the
crime, was later found dead on the roof-top.
The UP police had arrested her father, alleging he was the culprit, but the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had rubbished the findings.
Aarushi, the daughter of dentist couple of Rajesh and
Nupur Talwar, was found murdered at her Noida home as also
their domestic help Hemraj who was initially suspected of the
The double murder had its share of controversy from day
one of the investigations.
Recently, it came to light that vaginal swabs drawn from
Aarushi were substituted with samples from an unidentified
This fact came during the tests conducted by the
Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics in Hyderabad.
There was no semen (as alleged initially) in the
slides sent to them by CBI and said corroborative testing
revealed that the material was not drawn from Arushi in the
first place, CBI officials have earlier said.
CBI, which started investigating the case after it
was transferred to it by Uttar Pradesh government, had accused
Hemraj and three others of killing the teenager.
CBI arrested the three men but gave a clean chit to Dr
Talwar. However, CBI could not file any chargesheet in the
case, which led to the release of all the three on bail.
Recently, CBI Director Ashwani Kumar decided to form a
new team of officials which would go into the Aarushi-Hemraj
murder case after the agency`s Joint Director Arun Kumar, who
was heading the probe, was repatriated to his parent IPS cadre
When Aarushi’s father was informed about mobile phone recovery, he said, “I’m very thankful to god that this breakthough has happened. My daughter will at last get justice.”
Meanwhile the CBI has declined to comment on Delhi Police`s claim on Aarushi’s phone recovery.
"The investigation is in progress and in consonance with
the Supreme Court directions, CBI does not wish to share with
the media any information about the case as it could hamper
the investigation", CBI spokesman Harsh Bahal told a news agency here.
He declined to confirm or deny the Delhi Police`s
claim that it has handed over to CBI Aarushi`s phone found in
Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.