Law minister M Veerappa Moily on Friday met Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director A P Singh to discuss the over two-year-old Aarushi murder in the wake of the agency seeking to close the case as "unsolved".
"Someone has killed Aarushi in a brutal and dastardly way. We need to take it seriously. I have today invited the director of the CBI for a discussion on this matter. Let us see how we can take it forward," Moily said.
According to the minister, it was not a question of reopening the case, but rather of finding out if anything further can be done in terms of investigations.
The minister while defending the premier investigative agency said: "I must tell you that CBI always does a perfect job. We are proud of that institution. There is no question whether they do the job or not, but the question is whether it is a fit case for closing."
The CBI on Wednesday sought the trial court's permission to close Aarushi Talwar's murder as an unsolved case on grounds of lack of conclusive evidence.
The Talwars' lawyer Rebecca John welcomed Moily's initiative.
"I am not aware as to what was spoken between the minister and the CBI director. From the point of view of the family of Aarushi Talwar, we can only say that when gruesome murders of this kind take place and when premier investigative agency investigates the matter, then we need something beyond a closure report," said John.
"We need tangible explanations as to why it was not possible for them to crack this case. So, if that explanation is being sought by the law minister, we are very happy, we welcome it," John added.
Aarushi, the 14-year-old daughter of dentist parents Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, was found murdered under mysterious circumstances in their Jalvayu Vihar apartment in Noida May 16, 2008.
The family's domestic help, Hemraj, whom Noida police initially suspected for Aarushi's murder, was also found killed on the flat's terrace a day later.