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Aarushi case sabotaged by DNA tampering?

delhi Updated: Sep 04, 2009 14:04 IST
Aarushi murder case

After everyone stopped talking about Aarushi murder case as it reached a dead end with the probe ending abruptly, a national daily claims that the swab sample taken from Aarushi's body was swapped with an unidentified woman's sample.

The Hindu says that the forensic experts at the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics in Hyderabad determined late last year that vaginal swabs drawn from teenage murder victim Aarushi Talwar were substituted with samples from an unconnected and still unidentified woman.

The newspaper reports from the account of "highly-placed sources" that "the Central Bureau of Investigation said the CDFD’s findings make clear there was a conspiracy to destroy evidence that Aarushi might have been sexually assaulted — or might have engaged in consensual intercourse — on the night of her murder."

The report says that the CDFD finding was discussed at a high-level meeting of CBI investigators about eight months ago and actually made the organisation to drastically revise its initial findings in the case.

"It seems evident that the three servants we thought had killed Arushi and her family servant Yam Prasad Banjade [also known as Hemraj] did not have the resources to tamper with evidence," the report quotes a senior official.

After the standard autopsy, NOIDA-based doctor Sunil Dohere reported that the vaginal swabs from Aarushi’s body, collected after her May 15, 2008 murder, contained a white discharge that could be semen. But later, this claim was rejected by senior doctor S C Singhal, who claimed the swabs had tested negative for semen.

CDFD Officials say in the media report that there was indeed no semen in the slides, but validatory testing reveals that the swabs did not belong to Arushi's body in the first place.

This development claims proves that from the initial stages, the investigation into Aarushi’s death was spoilt by poor crime-scene management and serious lapses.