The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), probing the murder case of Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj Banjade, is yet to establish who tampered with Aarushi’s autopsy evidence including the vaginal swabs and original medical papers late last year.
Over eight months ago, the CBI had detected the alleged substitution of the vaginal swabs drawn from the teenaged victim’s body and the missing status of a few original medical papers related to her autopsy.
Aarushi and Hemraj were killed by unidentified person(s) with the help of a sharp and blunt weapon on the intervening night of May 15-16, 2008.
A Noida forensic expert, who had examined the slide containing the vaginal swab, while requesting anonymity, said, “The slide had no sign of semen, thereby indicating no rape.”
Alerted by a report submitted to them by the Hyderabad-based Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD), establishing that vaginal swabs drawn from her were swapped with an unidentified sample, the CBI had put the district hospital under the scanner.
Across several of its searches conducted at the hospital’s forensic lab section, the agency’s investigators had found that few of the medical papers related to Aarushi’s post-mortem had gone “missing.”
The CBI team had also come across a theory that an alleged feud between two senior doctors, one of who was at the hospital, could have led to the disappearance of the medical papers related to her autopsy.
“A doctor we had spoken to had claimed the papers were removed or destroyed by that person’s rival as a means to allege that the former was absent from work the day the forensic evidence were being tested,” an agency source said.
CBI spokesperson Harsh Bhal, when asked by HT, said, “We would be soon submitting the case’s status report in the Supreme Court. We do not comment about an ongoing probe.”
Deadline beats CBI
The CBI has been maintaining that it would “file a final report or a chargesheet” since last September, when the agency had missed the 90-day deadline. Nothing has come of the claim so far.
The case’s main suspect since then has been the trio of medical assistant Krishna and domestic helps Raj Kumar and Vijay Mandal. They were arrested last year but are currently out on bail.
The CBI hasn’t been able to recover the weapons used in the murders, nor has it been successful in recovering the mobile phones of Aarushi and Hemraj.
For the recovery of the same, the CBI had last September sent a formal notice to enforcement authorities in Nepal (the home country of Krishna and Raj Kumar).
Aarushi’s dentist father Rajesh Talwar, who had been arrested as a suspect by the Noida police after the crimes took place, was later released by the court after the CBI (which took over the case from the former) held that he was no longer a suspect.
According to the agency, Krishna and Raj Kumar had allegedly confessed to molesting and killing the duo and had also given an exact time — “1.20 am” — for their crimes that night.