GHAZIABAD/NEW DELHI: CBI’s closure report in the sensational Aarushi murder case will come up before court on Monday even as the teenager’s father Mr Rajesh Talwar, named as prime suspect, on Sunday said he would challenge the agency’s findings.
The designated Ghaziabad court, before which the agency filed the closure report on December 29 after two-and-a-half-years of investigation, is expected to decide on whether or not the case should be reinvestigated.
“We are now going to move the court. I have to talk to my lawyers and we hope the court gives us justice,” Mr Rajesh Talwar said when asked about the closure report.
Mr Rajesh Talwar and his wife, Ms Nupur Talwar, both dentists, lashed out at the CBI for making “false and baseless” allegations against them.
“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,” Mr Nupur Talwar 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, the CBI gave a clean chit to three servants of the doctor couple — Krishna, Raj Kumar and Vijay Mandal — who were picked up as suspects.
Fourteen-year-old Aarushi was found murdered with her throat slit at the Talwar’s residence in Noida near Delhi on the morning of May 16, 2008. The body of Hemraj, their domestic help, was found on the terrace the next day.
The CBI has raised doubts over the role of the dentist couple in the case but said there was insufficient evidence against Mr Rajesh Talwar for it to file a charge-sheet as it could not zero in on any motive.
On the fateful morning (May 16, 2008) when the maid had come, Ms Nupur Talwar had dropped keys for her to open the door, a task routinely carried out by Hemraj.
As per the statement of the maid, Ms Nupur Talwar was quiet normal at that time but as she opened the door she asked the maid to see what Hemraj had done to Aarushi.
In an attempt to find the murder weapon, the CBI also checked a golf club provided to them by Mr Rajesh Talwar. The CBI in the closure report had said 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 Mr Rajesh Talwar is identical to the dimensions of the injury found on the heads of Aarushi and Hemraj.
The agency said the golf clubs were handed over by the dentist couple a year after the incident.
Ms Nupur Talwar said the golf clubs were there in the house when the UP police came in and when the CBI took over the investigations.
“The golf clubs continue to be in our house. I moved out of the house when Rajesh was taken into custody. The UP police had all the access to the house and the CBI too had the access. No one ever asked for the golf clubs. In May, 2009, we moved away from that house. I see no reason how am I supposed to explain cleaned or unclean golf clubs,” she said.
Chipping in, Mr Rajesh Tlawar said, “If something like this happens in your house and police is there within an hour, is it the responsibility of the investigation team or mine? Do I have to go and open the terrace door? Did anyone tell them not to open the terrace door?” he asked.
Mr Rajesh Talwar was responding to the CBI finding that he was reluctant to open the terrace door on May 16 when he had asked the UP police to rush to the railway station to nab Hemraj.
The report while detailing the case said there are no witnesses in the case other than the parents and Hemraj.
Maintaining that the crime scene was not preserved, the CBI, which took up the case on June 1, 2008, said things were pretty normal at Talwar’s residence till 10:30 p.m. on the fateful day as suggested in a video camera.
The father was working on the Internet till midnight, the report said. The CBI also highlighted the fact that it was unlikely that the murderer could have killed the victim and then wrapped her body properly in a bed-sheet.
The report claimed that the dentist Mr Rajesh Talwar had failed to immediately identify the body of Hemraj.