Mayawati for CBI probe into Aarushi murder (Second Lead)

May 29th, 2008 - 6:28 pm ICT by admin  

Lucknow, May 29 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Thursday sought a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the gruesome murder of teenager Aarushi Talwar and her family’s domestic help, saying the state police would investigate the case if the centre turned down her request. “I am going to write a letter to the centre demanding a CBI probe into the murders,” Mayawati said in a statement she read out here Thursday.

Noting the demands made by Aarushi’s family for a CBI probe, Mayawati said: “I understand that the parents do not have faith in the investigations being conducted by the Uttar Pradesh police.

“I sympathise with them and have no hesitation in handing over the case to the CBI,” Mayawati said, adding: “I am not sure whether the central government will accept our request.”

“However, I would reassure the parents that even if the CBI does not take up the case, we would have the case investigated and would ensure that the guilty are brought to book and that no innocent person is punished,” the chief minister maintained.

Aarushi’s dentist father Rajesh Talwar was arrested May 23 for the twin murders and is currently in police custody.

That Mayawati’s request could result in a fresh standoff between the state government and the centre was evident from the manner in which Minister of State for Home Shriprakash Jaiswal reacted.

“The Aarushi murder case is not fit for a CBI probe. The Uttar Pradesh special task force is already probing the matter,” he said in New Delhi.

Home ministry officials, however, said that Jaiswal’s was not the last word on the issue.

Mayawati also flayed Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury for issuing “irresponsible statements” on the conduct of the Uttar Pradesh police.

“They should stop issuing petty political statements in a matter that is so serious and sensitive,” Mayawati maintained.

Chowdhury was quick to react to the chief minister’s remarks.

“My reaction is that of great sadness. How sad it is that a woman chief minister thinks that a young girl’s life is equal to politics. My reaction to the case comes as a mother, out of great pain and anguish. I only wish Mayawati would know what it means to feel like that,” the minister said in New Delhi.

Chowdhury had Tuesday objected to a statement made by Gurdarshan Singh, Inspector General (Meerut range), May 23 casting aspersions on Aarushi’s character.

Reacting to Mayawati’s statement, Talwar’s lawyer Pinaki Mishra said: “I am glad she has stepped in.

“A CBI probe is desirable, particularly when the state has specifically asked for it,” Mishra added.

Speaking on behalf of Aarushi’s family, Mishra had May 27 demanded a CBI probe into the murder of the teenager and servant Hemraj.

Aarushi’s body was discovered in her Jal Vayu Vihar apartment May 16 and the police had immediately named Hemraj as the prime suspect. They found themselves with egg on their face when Hemraj’s body was discovered on the terrace of the building the next day.

Police say Talwar killed Aarushi in a fit of rage as he objected to her closeness to Hemraj.

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