Aarushi murder: Accused gets bail as CBI fails to give proof (Lead)

September 4th, 2008 - 9:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Ghaziabad, Sep 4 (IANS) An accused in the murder of teenager Aarushi Talwar and her family help Hemraj was Thursday granted bail by a court here in a major blow to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which has so far failed to produce material evidence in the double murder.In the absence of any substantiating evidence against Vijay Mandal, a domestic help working in the same locality where Aarushi and Hemraj were killed, CBI special magistrate Sapna Mishra granted him bail on a personal surety of Rs.25,000.

Arguing for the release of Vijay Mandal, defence counsel Naresh Yadav said the CBI had no substantive evidence against the accused.

Despite claiming to have cracked the case over 50 days ago, the premier investigating agency has failed to unearth any material evidence in the double murder that took place at the home of 14-year-old Aarushi, daughter of a reputed doctor couple in Noida.

The Sep 10 deadline to file a chargesheet in the case is fast approaching and the chances of the CBI’s case falling flat in the court are high.

Aarushi was found killed with her throat slit May 16. The Noida police initially blamed family help Hemraj but backtracked after his body too was found a day later on the terrace of the apartment.

On July 11, CBI director Arun Kumar gave a clean chit to the girl’s dentist father Rajesh Talwar and accused his medical assistant Krishna and two others, Raj Kumar and Vijay Mandal, on the basis of narco analysis tests.

The CBI has to file a chargesheet within 90 days of the first arrest, failing which the three accused can get bail.

Though nearly three months have elapsed since it took over the case, the CBI is yet to recover the murder weapon as well as the mobile phones of Aarushi and Hemraj.

The case is far from being prised open. The CBI has a lot to do to conclusively establish a motive, backed by material evidence - a vital component - if it has to stand up to judicial scrutiny.

After initiating the probe, the CBI lifted blood and hair samples from the scene of crime. The samples were sent for forensic examination.

The case was handed over to the CBI May 31 after the Noida police came under criticism for botching up the investigations.

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