The Aarushi Talwar murder scene was heavily dressed up, which could only have been done by her parents, the CBI has said, closing as unsolved case the sensational killing of the teen-ager.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) closure report says that a bottle of Scotch whisky was found on the dining table. But according to the probe agency, any intruder would not have had sufficient time to consume liquor on the night of murder May 16, 2008.
The CBI on Wednesday moved a Ghaziabad court seeking its permission to close the Aarushi Talwar murder as an unsolved case on the grounds of lack of conclusive evidence. In its closure report, the agency has named the 14-year-old girl's dentist father Rajesh Talwar as the lone suspect in the case.
The parents have denied the charge.
The closure report notes that during an interview before the lie detector test in the Forensic Sciences Laboratory in Gandhinagar, Aarushi's parents Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar had stated that they used to lock Aarushi's bedroom at night.
The door to Aarushi's bedroom had a lock which could be opened from inside without a key, but once it was shut it could not be opened from outside without a key.
According to them, they found the door to Aarushi's bedroom unlocked and slightly ajar in the morning of May 16, 2008. But they could not explain whether they had locked her bedroom on the night of May 15, 2008, and why the keys were not traceable the next morning after the girl' murder was discovered.
According to the CBI, the girl from inside or her parents from outside could either open Aarushi's room by using the keys.
The findings of the investigation team reveal a number of circumstances that indicate the involvement of the parents in the crime and the cover-up, the agency's closure report says.
However, there are a number of critical and serious gaps in the circumstances which make it difficult to string together the sequence of events and the motive behind the gruesome murder, the report said.
The probe team was handicapped by the inability of the local police to examine the scene of crime properly and collect all possible evidences, it said.
Aarushi was found murdered under mysterious circumstances in her parents' Jalvayu Vihar apartment in Noida, Delhi's suburban town in Uttar Pradesh, May 16, 2008. The family's domestic help, Hemraj, was also found killed on the flat's terrace a day later.