Aarushi murder: CBI quizzes Noida police (Lead)

June 20th, 2008 - 9:40 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Aarushi Talwar

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) Hard pressed to assign a motive for the horrific murders of Noida teenager Aarushi Talwar and her family’s domestic help, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Friday questioned the police in the suburban town who have been charged with botching up their probe into the incident and prompting the federal agency to step in. The CBI also conducted a second polygraph test on Aarushi’s dentist father, Rajesh Talwar, who has been arrested and charged with the murders.

“We questioned the Noida police personnel who had initially investigated the case,” CBI Joint Director Arun Kumar said, without giving any details.

A CBI source said seven to eight police personnel were questioned but “it is not clear who exactly was interrogated”.

The lie detector test on Rajesh Talwar was conducted at the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) here Friday morning.

“We took Talwar to the CFSL this morning for conducting another lie detector test,” the CBI source said.

The agency had Thursday moved an application in a special CBI court in adjacent Ghaziabad town for conducting a second polygraph test on the dentist as the first one had proved inconclusive.

During the hearing, judge Sapna Mishra Tripathi, after going through the CBI’s case diary, had rejected Talwar’s bail plea and extended his judicial custody by 14 days.

Aarushi, 14, was found murdered in her upscale Jal Vayu Vihar apartment in suburban Noida May 16. The police initially named her family’s domestic help Hemraj as the prime accused but backtracked when his body was found on the roof of the building the next day.

The Noida police arrested Aarushi’s father May 23, saying he killed his daughter in a fit of rage as he objected to her closeness with Hemraj.

The CBI took over the case June 1 after a public outcry over the shoddy manner in which the Noida police had investigated the case.

The CBI June 13 arrested Talwar’s compounder Krishna, saying he had confessed to his involvement in the twin murders.

The agency has questioned a number of people but is nowhere near zeroing in the motive for the crime.

Late Thursday, the CBI subjected dentist couple Praful and Anita Durani, who are friends of Talwar and his wife Nupur, to a lie detector test.

The couple had previously been questioned in their Sector 53 home in Noida and the police had even searched the premises.

The Noida police had alluded to a liaison between Talwar and Anita Durani, saying this could have a bearing on Aarushi’s murder. The police, however, have not been able to substantiate their claim.

The CBI has also questioned the Durani’s domestic help Rajkumar, as also Vijay Mandal, who works in an apartment in the same block as the Talwars and was a friend of Hemraj.

“Rajkumar was once again picked up this (Friday) morning and is being interrogated at the headquarters along with Vijay Mandal and Krishna,” the CBI source said.

Vijay Mandal was subjected to a lie detector test Thursday, while a psychological test was conducted on Rajkumar.

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