The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that is probing the 10-month-old Aarushi-Hemraj murders case is searching for an unidentified man who allegedly played a role in spiking their case against the main accused —domestic help Raj Kumar and medical assistant Krishna Nepali.
The unidentified man, said a CBI source who requested anonymity as he is not authorised to talk to media, had allegedly met domestic help Vijay Mandal, the third accused in the case, to dissuade him from becoming an approver in the case and detailing the alleged roles of Sharma and Nepali.
“The meeting, a long one, between the unidentified man and Vijay Mandal occurred when he was lodged in Dasna Jail,” the source said.
Till before this meeting, Mandal was allegedly willing to become an approver in the case. But, “the meeting made him change his mind and then Mandal refused,” the source said.
Mandal was granted bail on September 9 last year, a day after the CBI had stated it would not be able to meet the 90-day deadline for charge sheeting the three accused as the agency required more time to gather “adequate evidence”.
Aarushi Talwar (14) and her family’s domestic help Hemraj were murdered by unidentified person/s on the night intervening May 15/16 last year at her dentist father Rajesh Talwar’s flat at Jalvayu Vihar building, Sector 25, Noida.
Main accused gave identical time of death. Though the CBI investigating team had recently sought details on hired killers from Noida police, said the source, it suspected the role of the accused in the case.
“During interrogations both Raj Kumar and Krishna had given an identical timing of when Aarushi was killed. Separately they had told interrogators that Aarushi was killed around 1.20 am on May 16 last year that indicated their involvement,” said the source.
When Hindustan Times contacted CBI's spokesperson Harsh Bhal, he said, “These issues pertain to the probe. As a police we do not share investigation details with the media.”
Aarushi’s body was found in her bedroom while Hemraj’s body was found on the terrace — their necks were sliced and their skulls bore marks of injuries from a heavy object.
The CBI had last year arrested Nepali, Sharma and Mandal who are currently out on bail.
The CBI had maintained that while Nepali and Sharma had allegedly carried out the killings, Mandal had only witnessed the crimes, though the agency is yet to acquire the case’s crucial material evidence including the weapon/s and the victims’ mobile phones.