Aarushi murder: CBI says Talwars were home on crime night

July 7th, 2008 - 9:18 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Aarushi Talwar

New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Monday said murdered teenager Aarushi Talwar’s parents were at their Noida home on the night the crime took place, contrary to certain media reports. The investigating agency issued an official statement after Aarushi’s dentist mother Nupur Talwar visited the CBI headquarters, seeking permission to act against media organisations trying to malign her character.

“An electronic news channel has been showing reports that I and my husband (Rajesh) were not present at our home and instead we had booked rooms in a hotel. This amounts to our character assassination,” Nupur told reporters here.

The CBI statement denying the reports said: “A section of media has reported, quoting CBI sources, that Dr. Rajesh Talwar and Dr. Nupur Talwar were not present in their house on the night of May 15 and more than a dozen rooms were booked in a hotel in Delhi. It is clarified that the news item is speculative and not true.”

Aarushi, 14, was found dead in her Jal Vayu Vihar home in Noida May 16. The Noida police initially named the Talwars’ domestic help Hemraj as the prime suspect, but had to retract after his body was found the next day on the terrace of the house.

Aarushi’s father Rajesh Talwar was arrested May 23 and police said he killed his daughter in a fit of rage as he objected to her closeness with Hemraj.

A second arrest in the case was made June 13 when the CBI held Talwar’s compounder Krishna. Later, Rajkumar, the servant of Talwar’s friends Praful and Anita Durani, was also arrested and his blood-stained T-shirt and bicycle were seized.

The case has only turned murkier with every passing day and the CBI has yet not been able to establish a motive behind the murders.

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