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Aarushi murder: CBI officer faces cross-examination by defence

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 22:45

Ghaziabad: Facing cross-examination in the sensational Aarushi-Hemraj murder case, the CBI investigating officer on Wednesday said the forensic reports stated that there were faded blood stains on the wall above the murdered teenager`s bed which he interpreted to have been removed by someone.

During his deposition, Additional SP Anil Girdhari Lal Kaul asserted that he stands by his closure report as he could not collect any evidence against Talwars which was admissible in court.

Kaul said he could not get the scalpel or knife which could have been used in the murder.

Defence counsel Manoj Sisodia grilled Kaul on the issue of blood stains found above Aarushi`s bed and claimed that no forensic report has said that these were cleaned by someone.

Kaul responded by saying it was his interpretation that these stains were cleaned as faded stains were visible in photographs taken from the crime scene.

When asked, Kaul said Dr Rajesh Talwar`s brother Dinesh Talwar and his friend Suresh Choudhary were not included in the list of witnesses because at the time of filing closure report they were suspects.

He said retired police officer K K Gautam, who reported blood stains on staircase outside Talwar`s residence which led to the discovery of Hemraj`s body on terrace, had said in his statement that Choudhary had called him and said that post-mortem of Aarushi should not include anything about rape.

Gautam had also claimed that Choudhary had said that Dinesh Talwar wanted it that way, the officer testified.

Gautam was reportedly known to Choudhary as the former police officer had been his patient.

Kaul also told the court that he had submitted all the
photographs which were taken by the UP police constable on the day body of Aarushi was found in her bedroom.

He also rebutted the claims that golf sticks as murder weapons were introduced as an after thought. He said the theory had come up when Rajesh Talwar was taken in custody.

When asked why Noida cops were not questioned by him, he said they were already questioned by previous agency team which probed the case initially.

He also reiterated the closure report submission that finger prints found on a scotch bottle recovered from drawing room of Talwars did not match Rajesh and Nupur Talwar and remained unidentified till date.

Kaul is an important witness in the case as he was the investigating officer who filed a closure report in the case in which it was claimed that only Rajesh and Nupur Talwar could have committed the murder.

The report was filed because CBI could not get enough evidence against the dentist couple which were admissible in the court.

14-year old Aarushi was found dead with her throat slit in her bedroom on May 16, 2008. The initial suspicion went on Hemraj whose body was later found in their terrace at Jalvayu Vihar in Noida on the outskirts of Delhi.

The allegations of involvement in the murder have been refuted by Talwars who have claimed innocence in the matter.


First Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 22:44

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