‘Talwars’ should sue police for character assassination’

July 12th, 2008 - 7:34 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Aarushi Talwar

New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) Minister for Women and Child Welfare Renuka Chowdhury Saturday lambasted the Noida police for its faulty probe into the killing of teenager Aarushi Talwar and her family’s domestic help, saying it should be sued for needlessly tarnishing the Talwar family’s reputation. “It is a complete travesty of justice. The Noida police has ruined the family’s reputation. The Talwars’ should sue the Noida police for mental agony and torture,” Chowdhury told news channel CNN-IBN Saturday.

Aarushi’s dentist father Rajesh Talwar, who was accused of murdering her, was released Saturday for lack of evidence.

“The police has assassinated the character of two normal people. Nothing can compensate for the trauma which the family went through. The cops bungled the case and we have lost confidence (in them),” Chowdhury maintained.

“I have already asked for the suspension of the concerned police officials. How can the police personnel not see things staring in their eyes?” Chowdhury asked.

Aarushi was found dead May 16 in her Noida home. The police initially named the family’s domestic help Hemraj as the prime suspect but retracted after his body was found the next day on the terrace of the house.

The police then arrested Rajesh Talwar May 23 and said that he killed his daughter in a fit of rage as he objected to her alleged closeness with Hemraj.

The police had also alleged that Talwar was also furious that Aarushi had stumbled upon his alleged relation with fellow dentist Anita Durrani and was talking about it with her friends.

After spending over 50 days in jail, Rajesh Talwar walked home Saturday after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said they had no evidence against him in the murders.

Chowdhury had earlier stated that her openly critical stance on the police had won her a lot of public support and she had received a number of letters and telegrams from parents as well as various organisations.

She had also criticised a popular production house, which was using the Aarushi murder plot for a teleserial.

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