The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s special investigation team has questioned a close relative of Hemraj Banjade in connection with the murder case. Banjade was killed along with his employer’s daughter Aarushi Talwar in May 2008 at her Noida home.
Jeevan Prasad, son-in-law of Banjade, was grilled for few hours by the CBI team to find clues about their killers. Sharma, an agency source who is not authorised to talk to the media, was asked about Banjade’s relationship with Aarushi’s parents, dentists Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, among other things.
The source added Sharma was asked about his elder brother, Vishnu Prasad, who had worked at the Talwar’s house before Banjade replaced him as their domestic help.
Days after the murders of Aarushi and Banjade on May 16, 2008, the Noida Police had reckoned Vishnu to be a suspect in the case since he could have had a grouse against Banjade for replacing him as Talwar’s domestic help.
Sharma was asked about Banjade’s relationship with three other suspects — medical assistant Krishna Thadarai, domestic helps Rajkumar Sharma and Vijay Mandal, according to the source. Sharma was grilled about Thadarai’s allegations during his interrogation that Banjade had perceived a threat from his employer. Vishnu is currently in Nepal.
The CBI is yet to submit a chargesheet in the case.