Aarushi murder accused wants court notice to CBI before interrogation

January 3rd, 2009 - 10:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Ghaziabad, Jan 3 (IANS) Raj Kumar, an accused in the Aarushi murder case, has appealed to a court here to ask the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to justify its need to question him again.Raj Kumar’s counsel Naresh Yadav Saturday filed an application in the court of Judicial Magistrate (CBI) Abhitam Upadhyay seeking a direction to the CBI to state the reasons before the court for obtaining his custody and the conditions under which he would be interrogated.

Raj Kumar is among the accused of murdering teeneger Aarushi and her family’s domestic help Hemraj at their Noida home May 16, 2008.

After the CBI failed to file a charge sheet, he was released from custody and had reurned to his home in Nepal. Following an Interpol notice, he has returned here.

“The CBI suddenly asked Raj Kumar to come to India from Nepal for interrogation. We are not denying them this right but they have to do it as per the legal process. We fear that by taking Raj Kumar alone, they might subject him to physical torture and could fabricate false charges against him,” said Yadav.

“The CBI is reluctant to appear before court and take Raj Kuamar for questioning. We have asked the court to serve legal notices on the CBI,” he said.

Citing Section 160 of the Criminal Procedure Code, Yadav said it was mandatory for the CBI to appear in court and then take the accused for interrogation after a medical examination.

Raj Kumar, who was present in the court premises, said he had to halt his studies to come to India. He is studying in class XI at Butwal in Nepal.

Asked about the double murder, Raj Kumar said: “I know nothing about it.”

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