CBI may get accused in Aarushi murder to turn approver

September 1st, 2008 - 3:40 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 1 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to get an accused in the murders of teenager Aarushi and her family help Hemraj to turn approver as it nears the Sep 10 deadline to file a chargesheet in the case it claimed to have cracked over 50 days ago.CBI sources admit they have failed to unearth any material evidence in the double murder that took place at the home of 14-year-old Aarushi, daughter of a reputed doctor couple in Noida.

The CBI is thus trying to get one of the accused to turn approver so that the case does not fall flat in the court.

“At present, there is no progress in terms of material evidence. We have the confessions of the accused in the form of the narco-analysis tests. So we are working (to see) if one of the accused agrees to turn approver as the chargesheet needs to be filed soon,” a CBI officer said.

An approver will admit his involvement in the murders along with the other accused. In lieu of this, the CBI will ask the court to be lenient while handing out punishment to him.

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

On July 11, CBI director Arun Kumar gave a clean chit to the girl’s dentist father Rajesh Talwar and accused his medical assistant Krishna and two others, Raj Kumar and Vijay Mandal, on the basis of narco analysis tests.

Under the law, the CBI has to file a chargesheet within 90 days of the first arrest, failing which the three accused can get bail.

“It is a blind case as we do not have an eyewitness to corroborative the evidence to substantiate our claims.

“Though the narco-analysis tests helped us to piece together the various dots, it is not admissible in the court and will not clinch a conviction,” the CBI official said.

Though nearly three months have elapsed since it took over the case, the CBI is yet to recover the weapon of offence as well as the mobile phones of Aarushi and Hemraj.

Clearly, the case is far from being prised open. The CBI has a lot to do if it has to conclusively establish a motive, backed by material evidence - a vital component if it has to stand up to judicial scrutiny.

After initiating the probe, the CBI lifted blood and hair samples from the scene of crime. The samples were sent for forensic examination.

The case was handed over to the CBI May 31 after the Noida police came under criticism for botching up the investigations.

“The murder weapon is most likely to be a khukri (curved Gorkha knife). We are after it, let’s hope we get it,” Kumar had said in July.

The CBI has sent a 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. Its report is awaited.

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