Noida double murder: Talwar’s compounder emerges as prime suspect (Roundup)

June 10th, 2008 - 9:25 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi/Ghaziabad, June 10 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), claiming to be close to solving the twin murder of teenager Aarushi and her family help Hemraj, Tuesday conducted a second lie detector test on Krishna, compounder to her dentist father Rajesh Talwar, who remained in judicial custody. “Inconsistencies in his statement has forced us to conduct the second lie detector test,” a CBI official said.

Krishna, who hails from Nepal, emerged as the prime suspect in the twin murders that have been a talking point across the country for more than three weeks. The CBI was also suspecting involvement of one more unidentified person, an accomplice of Krishna.

Krishna was working as compounder at Rajesh Talwar’s Noida clinic for the last three years and was a confidante of Hemraj.

Aarushi, 14, was found dead in her Noida home May 16. The Noida police initially named domestic help Hemraj as the prime suspect and even sent teams to trace him. But his body was found the next day from the terrace of the same house.

The police arrested Rajesh Talwar May 23.

The CBI took over the case after the Noida police drew flak for shoddy investigations.

The needle of suspicion pointed to Krishna, 32, after his first lie detector test Monday that went on for six hours.

The investigating agency also got his fingerprints from the Talwars’ Jalvayu Vihar residence.

“The precision of the wounds on Aarushi’s body suggest that the murderer knew surgical procedures. This raises a finger of suspicion at Krishna, who is a compounder at Rajesh Talwar’s clinic,” the CBI official said.

“Following Krishna’s statement, a CBI team Monday night took him to three places - the Hindon river, Khera village and Nithari,” the official said.

The CBI has suspected that Krishna might have disposed of the weapon used in the two murders.

The agency was also interrogating friends of the victims.

A team of CBI sleuths and forensic experts Monday night visited the Talwar residence to reconstruct the crime. The video footage of the crime scene provided by the media is also aiding in the investigations.

Aarushi’s uncle Dinesh Talwar, who was present during the investigations, said: “I have full faith in what CBI is doing.”

Meanwhile, in Ghaziabad, Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) magistrate Sapna Mishra heard arguments from the lawyers of the CBI and Talwar before denying the dentist bail. Special magistrates don’t have the power to grant bail to an accused in a murder case.

While Talwar’s lawyer Satish Tamta argued that he should be given bail as there was no evidence against him, CBI lawyer Sunil Battra opposed the plea as the investigation was still underway and independent witnesses could be influenced.

Tamta said: “It is just a procedure. The bail application is processed through the lower court… This is to pave the way for litigants to go to the higher court of additional district and sessions judge (ADJ).

“We will plead before the ADJ court to grant bail to our client on the same conditions that we argued before the lower court - of not finding any evidence against Talwar during the investigation.”

Immediately after the bail was rejected, the defence lawyer filed a bail appeal before the sessions court, which fixed June 26 to hear it.

“We have argued Talwar is innocent and the CBI has no evidence against him,” said Tamta.

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