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CBI wonders if Noida docs took Aarushi’s vaginal swabs at all

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the alleged switch of vaginal swabs drawn from Aarushi Talwar, is trying to establish whether the swabs were taken at all from Aarushi during autopsy.

delhi Updated: May 29, 2010 23:52 IST
Abhishek Sharan

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the alleged switch of vaginal swabs drawn from Aarushi Talwar, is trying to establish whether the swabs were taken at all from Aarushi during autopsy.

The suspicion over the vaginal swabs first arose when the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD), Hyderabad, informed the CBI in early 2009 that the vaginal swabs sent to it were that of another dead woman.

Now, it has come to notice that the autopsy report, given by Noida district hospital where Aarushi’s body was sent for post-mortem , doesn’t mention the swabs either.

The agency suspect the doctors at the Noida district hospital, where the post-mortem examination was conducted, might not have drawn the swabs as standard autopsy procedure.

“Aarushi’s autopsy report made no mention of whether or not swabs were drawn from her body and sent for an examination to ascertain if rape occurred before the murder,” an investigator associated with the case said on the condition of anonymity, as he was not authorised to talk with media. “The report, however, did mention that the viscera were sent for examination to verify presence of poison in the body.”

The autopsy report, as per the procedure, also stated the type of injuries — a deep cut on the neck and signs that the head had been hit with a heavy object.

The agency, which has questioned several times two medical examiners linked to Talwar’s post-mortem, is also trying to verify whether the switch was deliberate or a case of negligence.