A prosecution witness on Monday told the trial court, hearing the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case, that his previous statements about the condition of Hemraj’s sex organs were based on his ‘personal’ experience.
On March 22, Dr Naresh Raj, the witness, had told CBI special public prosecutor RK Saini that Hemraj’s sexual organs were swollen, indicating “he was indulging or about to indulge in sex just before he died”.
Raj was grilled by defence lawyers representing Dr Rajesh Talwar and his wife Nupur. He said that it was not necessary if victim’s penis and scrotum were found ‘swollen’ — they were signs of decomposition.
The doctor said that he considered Dr Jaising P Modi’s ‘A Textbook of Medical Jurisprudence and Toxicology’ as authority. He stated that he agreed with Modi’s view: “From 18 to 36 or 48 hours after death, eyes are forced out of their sockets a frothy reddish fluid or mucus is forced out of the mouth and nostrils, abdomen becomes greatly distended, the penis and scrotum become enormously swollen…”.
Raj further stated that he did not form any opinion on the day of the post-mortem about the enlarged private parts of the victim. “I had thought that I would tell the reason when asked,” he stated.
Hemraj, 45, was the domestic help of Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar. His body was found on the terrace of the house on May 17, 2008, a day after Aarushi was found dead.