CBI has no material to back claims in Aarushi murder

July 11th, 2008 - 8:44 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Aarushi Talwar

New Delhi, July 11 (IANS) Notwithstanding its claims to have cracked the nearly two-month-old sensational Noida twin murders, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has an uphill task ahead to back with material evidence its assertions on who it says are the killers of teenager Aarushi Talwar and family help Hemraj. While it has named Krishna, the compounder of dentist Rajesh Talwar, and two others in the murders, the premier investigating agency does not have an eyewitness to corroborate its claims. The progress in the case has so far been based on scientific tests and forensic examinations.

The premier investigating agency supported its allegations based on the psychoanalysis and narco-analysis tests of the accused - Krishna, and two other servants Raj Kumar and Vijay Mandal - which under law is not admissible as evidence in court.

“In his narco-analysis test, Krishna confessed to his involvement in the crime…Raj Kumar during his second narco-analysis test also confessed and gave vivid details of the crime,” CBI Joint Director Arun Kumar told a press conference.

The CBI also lifted certain blood samples and hair samples from the trampled scene of crime at the Talwar’s Jalvayu Vihar apartment in suburban Noida. The samples were sent for forensic examination.

“We are trying to corroborate the scientific evidence with the confessional statements of the accused. We have made no recoveries so far,” Kumar added.

Aarushi, 14, was found killed with her throat slit in her home May 16 morning. The Noida police blamed her family help Hemraj, but backtracked after his body was found a day later on the terrace of the apartment.

The case was handed over to the CBI May 31 after the Noida police came under heavy criticism for botching up the investigations after it allowed people to intrude into the crime scene.

The CBI investigators may have a hard time in the court to prove their case as it is yet to recover the weapon of offence and the mobile phones of Aarushi and Hemraj even one and a half months after it took over the probe.

“The murder weapon is most likely to be a khukri (curved knife). We have more details about it. We are after it, let’s hope we get it,” Kumar said.

Earlier, the CBI team had searched drains near the Talwars’ apartment on two occasions but failed to make any substantial finds.

The CBI has sent the blood-stained T-shirt and bicycle recovered from the home of Raj Kumar, the servant of Talwars’ family friends Anita and Praful Durrani, for forensic examination and its report is awaited.

The investigators have also sent Aarushi’s vaginal swab for forensic examination.

“Aarushi’s vaginal swab has been sent for a second forensic examination. In the first test no sperm was found. It has been sent for a second test to ascertain whether she was sexually assaulted or not before being murdered,” Kumar added.

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