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Talwar’s colleagues are the ‘key’

Even though 140 witnesses were listed in the closure report filed by the CBI, only two of them garnered enough courage to record their statements before a magistrate.

delhi Updated: Feb 13, 2011 23:22 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal

Even though 140 witnesses were listed in the closure report filed by the CBI, only two of them garnered enough courage to record their statements before a magistrate.

It is these two statements that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is expected to rely heavily upon, during a possible trial in a Ghaziabad court, where Dr Rajesh and Nupur Talwar now stand accused of murder, destruction of evidence and other charges.

Recorded under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), the statements of two of Dr Rajesh Talwar’s colleagues—Dr Rohit Kocchar and Dr Rajeev Kumar Varshney— may prove crucial in nailing the real accused in one of the most complex murders in the country till date. The statements are legally admissible.

On December 15, 2010, Kocchar and Varshney had stated that they had seen some bloodstains on the door leading to the terrace and some stains on the staircase leading to the terrace that had been wiped. They claim they had pointed out the same Talwar.

Meanwhile, before the court’s order, when Talwar submitted an 85-page protest petition, he had stated that he had not observed the existence or non-existence of the blood stains/drag marks after the discovery of the crime as he had been confined to his house. He had also stated that no police official or any other person had revealed the existence of such marks to him.

The CBI had earlier filed a closure report in the case,

which had detailed and relied heavily on circumstantial evidence against the Talwars, after vital evidence was feared to be lost.