CBI examines Talwar house, questions Anita Durrani (Lead)

June 2nd, 2008 - 7:37 pm ICT by IANS  


Noida, June 2 (IANS) A five-member Central Bureau of Investigation team Tuesday minutely inspected the home of the Talwars, including the terrace, for clues to the murder of teenaged Aarushi Talwar and their domestic help more than a fortnight ago. The CBI team, which also brought along a worker equipped with a stone cutter, cut away a block of the terrace wall that had the imprint of a blood stained palm. A forensic expert inspected the terrace, the three bedrooms, the staircase and the doors of the flat.

The CBI team reached the Jal Vayu Vihar home of the Talwars at 1 p.m. and spent three hours poring over the place, collecting samples of blood and other tell-tale evidences.

A city court Monday sent Rajesh Talwar, father of Aarushi, to CBI custody for a day. The CBI, which Sunday took over the probe into the May 16 Noida double murders, sought custody of Aarushi’s dentist father for seven days, but the court here agreed to only one day, and specified that Talwar’s lawyer must be present during his interrogation.

Another CBI team, comprising four members, inspected Anita Durrani’s residence at Noida. The team inspected her house minutely and questioned Anita, a family friend of Rajesh Talwar. Nothing was known of the questioning of Anita, with whom Rajesh Talwar was alleged to have a relationship.

The Chief Judicial Magistrate of Noida court, A.K. Singh, while granting a day’s custody to the CBI, directed the investigation agency to present Talwar before the court at or before 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Talwar’s lawyer requested the court to grant him bail. The prosecution said it could not be considered as the court had granted a day’s custody to the CBI.

The Noida police had accused Talwar of murdering Aarushi and the family’s domestic help Hemraj in a double murder that has shocked the nation. The body of 14-year-old Aarushi was found May 16, with her throat slit. The police initially suspected Hemraj to be the murderer, but his body was found a day later on the terrace of the house, killed in the same manner.

The case has been transferred to the CBI following widespread condemnation of of the way Utar Pradesh police handled the investigations initially.

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