Directed by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has undertaken an internal brainstorming exercise to submit an affidavit/status report in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case within a month.
The 13-month-old case being probed by the CBI still remains unsolved.
Though the CBI is yet to receive the court’s order, the agency is expected to “submit the facts of the case and its findings so far”, said a senior agency official, who requested anonymity.
These would include the “scientific evidence” the investigators have gathered against the three alleged accused in the double murder case — domestic helps Raj Kumar, Krishna, and Vijay Mandal.
But the agency is yet to gather any clinching, material evidence against the accused.
The agency would also tell the court its policy regarding its interaction with the media — including sharing of investigation details — when investigating a “sensitive case like that of the Aarushi-Hemraj case”, the officer said.
“We have an existing policy according to which in a sensitive case we do not share the day- to-day probe details…In case, we share a detail, it should be verifiable and substantial enough to be included in our final report, and not mere hypothesis.”
The court was hearing a PIL filed by lawyer Surat Singh seeking a series of directions on the case.
Singh had sought the court’s directions to protect the reputation of the Talwar family (comprising Aarushi’s dentist parents Rajesh and Nupur Talwar), which, according to him, was maligned by the media and enforcement authorities (the Noida police and the CBI).
Singh also sought directions against the police for keeping Rajesh for over 50 days in custody as a suspect in the case.
The agency, said the CBI officer, has taken a dim view of the fact that in the initial stages of the probe in the case, “unverifiable information was shared with the media.” He added that a section of the media allegedly reported on the case in a “sensational manner.”
The Noida police while probing the case had initially suspected Hemraj’s role in the murders but had to shelve this theory after his body was found — with similar injuries that were found on Aarushi’s body. A week later they had arrested Dr Rajesh on suspicions that he allegedly carried out honour killing, though the CBI gave him a “clean chit” a month later after it took over the case.