The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)'s closure report, containing the findings of its probe in the murder of Class 9 student Aarushi Talwar (13) and domestic help Hemraj Banjade (45) in May 2008, says it couldn't establish a motive for the crime. Neither could it link the crime to the girl's parents, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar.
The agency's closure report says, "…there are a number of critical and serious gaps in the circumstances which make it difficult to string together the sequence of events and motive behind the gruesome murder".
The report, though, says that a "number of circumstances… indicate the involvement of the parents in the crime and the cover-up".
The report says:
The scene of the crime was "heavily dressed" or cleaned up, which could only have been done by the parents.
Aarushi's body was found covered with a white sheet, her pyjama and undergarment had been changed.
The key to her room was with Nupur, who could not explain how and why it was lying in the lobby.
Aarushi's bed linen was undisturbed despite the use of force in the crime; there was evidence of post-mortem cleaning of her private parts.
Surgical cuts on the necks of both victims was the work of a small surgical tool/khukri and by surgically-trained persons.
Rajesh did not identify Hemraj's decomposed body when it was found a day later.
The key circumstantial evidence the CBI has listed against the Talwars also included Rajesh's golf club, whose dimensions were found during forensic examination to be identical to the dimensions of the injuries on the heads of Aarushi and Hemraj. The golf club was claimed to have gone missing by Rajesh and when it was found a year later, it was "thoroughly cleaned" to remove all evidence.
The report also said Rajesh's brother, Dr Dinesh Talwar, had allegedly taken the help of a local, retired deputy superintendent of police, KK Gautam, to allegedly request for non-mention of rape in post-mortem proceedings and get Hemraj's body recovered. Dinesh even spoke to the doctor who conducted the autopsy, Dr Sunil Dohre, to influence him, the CBI has said.
On the night of the murders, the CBI says the Talwar's home was as usual; Aarushi was even gifted a camera by her parents in the evening.
The report rules out the involvement of the earlier suspects — Rajesh's medical assistant Krishna Thadarai and domestic helps Rajkumar Sharma and Vijay Mandal, who the CBI had arrested and put through scientific tests.