CBI readies to file charge sheet in Aarushi murder case

December 16th, 2008 - 9:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Aarushi TalwarNew Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Facing criticism for failing to nail the culprits in the sensational double murder of Noida teenager Aarushi Talwar and her domestic help Hemraj, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Tuesday said it was collecting evidence to file the charge sheet.“We have found some evidence and our team is preparing the grounds to file the charge sheet,” said a senior CBI official.

“As the investigations are on, we cannot discuss the evidence. Also, there is no time-frame we can provide about when the charge sheet would be filed. The matter is being discussed among the senior officers,” the official told IANS, requesting anonymity.

On May 16, Aarushi, the teenaged daughter of a prominent dentist couple, was found with her throat slit in her parents’ suburban Noida home. The Noida police initially suspected the family’s domestic help to be behind the killing, but retracted the claim when they found his body on the terrace of Arushi’s house the next day.

The police then arrested Aarushi’s father Rajesh Talwar but the court granted him bail.

The CBI, which took over the investigations May 31, pointed the needle of suspicion towards Krishna, Talwar’s medical assistant, Raj Kumar, a domestic help for a family friend of the Talwars, and Vijay Mandal, another domestic help in the neighbourhood.

The investigating agency faced flak when Krishna, Mandal and Kumar were set free by the court for want of evidence.

The agency failed to submit a charge sheet in the case because it could not tender to the court any concrete evidence.

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