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‘I don’t know why Raj Kumar was arrested’

delhi Updated: Jul 06, 2008 09:11 IST
HT Correspondents

DR Praful Durani said Raj Kumar has been working for them for two years and he had no idea why Raj Kumar was arrested.

On the night of May 15, when Aarushi and Hemraj were murdered, Durani said he had gone to the railway station. “I left for the railway station around 10.15 pm and returned around midnight. We had dinner and went to our rooms. When I woke up the next morning, I saw Raj Kumar in his room. There is a rear exit to the house, which is hardly used and I have the keys to the main door,” Durani said.

“I don’t think he (Raj Kumar) knew Krishna but it could be possible he knew Hemraj because we used to take him to Talwar’s house,” Durani said.

Hours before Krishna’s CBI remand was to end on Friday, a CBI team led by Joint Director Arun Kumar reached the Talwars’ L 32 Jalvayu Vihar residence accompanied by Krishna and Raj Kumar. The team stayed there for around four hours.

Sources said the agency tried to recreate the sequence of events of the murders and after. Talwar’s brother, Dinesh and Jagveer Singh of Sector 20 police station also arrived at the house later.

Krishna was produced in the court of Sapna Mishra in Ghaziabad. His six-day CBI remand ended on Friday and the investigating agency requested that Krishna be sent to judicial custody.

Krishna’s defence counsel filed three applications in the court on Friday. In the first, he requested a thorough medical examination of the accused, as Krishna had said earlier that he has been tortured and not allowed to sleep during the remand period.

The second application requested the court for Krishna’s release. The defence quoted provisions under section 167 CrPC. The defence told the court krishna had been under ‘illegal detention’, subjected to various medical tests and there was no evidence against him.

The third application was for granting bail to Krishna. The court ordered the hearing on the bail application for June 30.

CBI counsel R.K. Saini told the court that the CBI has a 90-day period to file the chargesheet. The discharge clause is applicable after chargesheet has been filed, so there is no reason for the accused to be released, Saini said.

The court reviewed the case-diary and sent Krishna to 14 days’ judicial custody. The court outrightly rejected the defence counsel’s provision of section CrPC 167 and said these provisions are not applicable keeping in view the facts mentioned in the case diary.

Court ordered jail authorities to get Krishna’s medical examination done and submit a report. V.K. Singh, superintendent of Dasna Jail, said, “Krishna was medically examined. I have given directions to keep Talwar and Krishna in separate barracks and not to allow them to come face to face.”