GHAZIABAD: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Wednesday filed a closure report in the Aarushi double murder case before a court on the grounds that there was no available evidence at the crime scene to pursue the probe, meeting a dead-end in the case that shook the country over two years back.
After a detailed two-and-a-half year probe marked by botched up investigations, the CBI said it found it impossible to reach any plausible conclusion because of lack of concrete forensic evidence at the crime scene to nail the culprits and decided to close the case.
The designated court will fix the date for taking cognisance of the closure report filed by the CBI. If accepted, the three suspects – Raj Kumar, Vijay Mandal and Krishna – will be set free. They are out on bail now.
The Talwar family has decided to file an appeal against the closure report. The CBI move sparked outrage among Aarushi’s parents – a dentist couple – and her family. “I am completely shocked.
We tried everything. We underwent all tests so that there is no scope for any speculation and despite this filing of closure report by CBI is shocking,” Aarushi’s mother, Dr Nupur said. Aarushi’s father, Dr Rajesh Talwar said he is completely devastated and wondered what prompted CBI to close the case. When asked whether the family will file an appeal in the case, their lawyer, Ms Rebbecca John said “Of course. We will.”
Fourteen-year-old Aarushi Talwar was murdered on the intervening night of May 15-16 in 2008 along with their domestic help Hemraj, whose body lay on the terrace. Forensic experts involved in the case said that crucial evidence was destroyed allegedly by probe agency and accused CBI of cover up. “They had sent us some blood stained bedsheets from the bed of the victims. Using that and the blood of the parents of the Aarushi, we were able to establish that the blood stains were indeed that of the girl… We were also sent some slides which were the vaginal swabs taken from the victim to check whether there was sexual assault. What came out was surprising that they were not of the victim. We had communicated that to CBI. That indicated that there was some interest in ensuring that evidence has been tampered with,” said Dr J Gowrishankar, director, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad.
The forensic expert also raised doubts over the investigations handled first by Uttar Pradesh police before handing it over to CBI. The Uttar Pradesh police which started investigations in the murder of the teenaged daughter of dentist couple – Dr Rajesh and Dr Nupur Talwar – suspected domestic help Hemraj for the killing and dispatched a team to Nepal to nab him. But these claims fell flat as an acquaintance of Talwars found a trail of blood on the terrace next day where Hemraj’s body was found lying in dried blood.