Krishna, Raj Kumar too get bail in Aarushi murder (Lead)

September 12th, 2008 - 8:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Aarushi TalwarGhaziabad, Sep 12 (IANS) Three days after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) admitted its failure to collect conclusive evidence in the murders of teenager Aarushi Talwar and her domestic help, a court here Friday granted bail to Krishna and Raj Kumar, suspects in the case. Krishna’s bail application was filed before the special CBI magistrate Sapna Mishra, who after hearing arguments, granted him bail on two sureties of Rs.25,000. CBI counsel Suresh Batra, opposing the bail plea, told the court Krishna is a foreign national and he may flee to his native country, Nepal, if granted bail.

Defence counsel F.C. Sharma said the CBI has no evidence against Krishna and had failed to recover the murder weapon from him in spite of detaining him for about four months.

The agency declared on Sep 9 that it has no evidence against the three accused and has failed to recover the murder weapon from them.

Raj Kumar’s bail plea was filed by his lawyer Naresh Yadav before the CBI court of Special Judge Rama Jain. CBI counsel Suresh Batra, opposing the bail, said that Raj Kumar is also a Nepal national and could flee to his native country if granted bail.

However, the court was convinced with the defence’s arguments that the agency has no evidence against the accused and has not recovered any article from him. It granted him bail on two personal bonds of Rs.25,000.

The third accused, Vijay Mandal, was granted bail earlier by the court of Rama Jain.

Aarushi, the daughter of dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, was found murdered in her Noida house on May 16. The Uttar Pradesh police in their primary investigation held the father guilty of the murder and arrested him.

On June 13, the case was transferred to the CBI. The agency zeroed in on the three men Krishna, the lab assistant of Rajesh Talwar, Raj Kumar, a domestic help, and Vijay Mandal, a driver. But it failed to find either the murder weapon or the mobile phones of Aarushi and Hemraj. The agency also failed to establish the three men as the murderers despite scientific tests conducted by the Central Forensic Laboratory (CFL).

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