With the recovery of Aarushi Talwar's mobile phone, the suspected role of Raj Kumar, one of the three main suspects in the double murders, is back in focus.
Raj Kumar was a domestic help of the Durranis, family friends of the Talwars, and is a key suspect in the murders of Aarushi and her family’s domestic help Hemraj Banjade who were killed in May 16 last year.
“Raj Kumar,” said an investigator with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that is probing the case since May 31 last year, was known to have “a fancy for high-end, glitzy mobile phone sets and was quiet enthusiastic about their applications.”
Raj Kumar had allegedly confessed to the murders during narco analysis tests done on him earlier. He had also said during the tests that he had “destroyed/flushed down the mobile phone sets of Aarushi and Hemraj”.
Days before the murders took place, the CBI found out, “Raj Kumar was desperate for a good-looking mobile phone set and had cribbed to his employers about not having one,” said an agency source.
“The Durranis had given one of their own mobile phone sets to Raj Kumar for use. But he would complain that it was second-hand and not nice enough,” an agency source said.
The source suspected Raj Kumar of having allegedly “coveted Aarushi’s N-72 phone set.”
The suspect, who was arrested by the CBI in June last year, was employed with Dr Praful Durrani and his wife Dr Anita, who were close to Aarushi’s dentist parents Rajesh Talwar and Nupur.
Raj Kumar, incidentally, did not confess to his alleged crimes during verbal interrogations but his shifting and contradictory versions had led the CBI to put him through lie-detection, brain-mapping and narco tests.
Unlike him, Krishna — who is another main suspect — admitted to his involvement both in verbal and narco tests. The third suspect, Vijay Mandal, had allegedly confessed having ‘witnessed’ the crimes.