Dentist father Talwar set free in Aarushi murder (Second Lead)

July 11th, 2008 - 8:53 pm ICT by IANS  


New Delhi, July 11 (IANS) After remaining in jail for more more than 50 days, Noida dentist Rajesh Talwar was set free Friday after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told a court it h as no evidence to link him to the May 16 murders of his teenaged daughter Aarushi and the family’s domestic help Hemraj. Special Magistrate Sapna Mishra Tripathi of a special CBI court in adjacent Ghaziabad discharged Talwar after the CBI moved an application under section 169 (release of accused when evidence is insufficient) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

The court set Talwar free after he furnished a personal bond and two sureties of Rs. 500,000 each.

Rajesh Talwar’s brother, Dinesh and a close friend Arun Mittal completed the formalities of furnishing the bonds.

The court has not imposed any restriction on Talwar’s movements but asked him to cooperate with the investigating agency as and when required.

Earlier in the day, the CBI moved an application in the court seeking to extend Talwar’s judicial custody, saying that though it did not have any concrete evidence against him, the onus was on the court to decide on the dentist’s custody.

At this, Tripathi pulled up the CBI, pointing out that the agency and not the court was investigating the matter.

Soon after, the CBI moved the application under section 169.

“I hope he will be able to reach his home tonight and grieve over his daughter’s death,” Talwar’s lawyer Pinaki Mishra said.

But Mishra was not sure if he would move a defamation case against the Noida police for casting aspertions on Aarushi and her parents.

“These things are not easy in India,” he told reporters.

Reacting to the development, a visibly relaxed Nupur Talwar, the dentist’s wife, said: “God has heard our prayers. We are thankful to God that justice has finally prevailed.”

Talwar’s cousin Sapna Bakshi also expressed her happiness over Talwar’s release.

Meanwhile, Tripathi extended by 14 days the judicial custody of Talwar’s compounder Krishna, Rajkumar, the domestic help of Anita Durrani who is a close friend and professional associate of the Talwars.

The CBI Friday said Krishna, Rajkumar and Vijay Mandal, a domestic help of one of Talwars’ neighbours, had committed the twin murders. Mandal was arrested Friday.

Krishna’s counsel R.K.Anand moved four different applications in the court, one of which urged that he be allowed to meet the compounder for 10 minutes. The court permitted this.

Anand also asked for all documents relating to the investigation and opposed the CBI’s plea for extending Krishna’s judicial custody.

Meanwhile, Rajkumar’s lawyer Sanjay Tyagi told reporters that the CBI had falsely implicated him and turned him into an approver.

“Rajkumar was compelled to confess to the crime on the basis of evidence the CBI had manufactured,” Tyagi said.

Aarushi was found murdered in her parents’ upscale Jalvayu Vihar apartment May 14. The Noida police immediately named Hemraj as the prime suspect but retracted the next day when his body was found on the roof of the apartment.

The Noida police arrested Rajesh Talwar May 23, saying he killed his daughter in a fit of rage because he objected to her closeness with Hemraj.

The CBI took over the case June 1 after a public hue and cry over the shoddy manner in which the Noida police had conducted the investigations.

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