A key prosecution witness in the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case on Thursday told a special CBI court in Ghaziabad that a friend of the teenager’s uncle Dinesh Talwar had called him up and asked him to not mention the “rape angle” in the post-mortem report.
The witness, former UP police deputy superintendent of police (DSP) KK Gautam, was the first senior officer to reach the scene of crime after Aarushi’s murder was reported to the police.
The friend he was referring to was Dr Sushil Chaudhary, who had earlier conducted an eye operation on the former police officer.
Deposing in the court, Gautam said Chaudhary called him up on May 16, 2008, to tell him that the daughter of Dinesh Talwar’s brother Rajesh was murdered and sought his help in pushing the post-mortem papers.
“Dr Chaudhary told me rape should not be mentioned in the post-mortem but I told him that I cannot help,” Gautam said. On May 17, Chaudhary took Gautam to Rajesh Talwar’s residence and introduced him to Dinesh Talwar. Rajesh and Nupur had then left for Haridwar to immerse Aarushi’s ashes.
When Gautam wanted to have a look at the scene of crime, Dinesh took him to the rooms of Aarushi and Hemraj and towards the stairs to the terrace.
“Dinesh made me notice blood stains over stairs and the railing. The terrace door, its lock and the handle had blood stains,” he said.
Dinesh requested Gautam to get the terrace door opened by police. Gautam called up SP (City) Mahesh Mishra and told him about the need to open the door. Sector 20 station officer Dataram Nanoria arrived and asked Dinesh to hand over for the keys. Dinesh said “it was not available with him”.
Police broke open the door and found a pool of blood at the centre of the terrace and a body which was dragged towards a corner and hidden by a cooler panel, Gautam said.
Gautam mentioned the presence of a bed sheet over the grille between the two terraces. He said Dinesh refused to identify the body.
Gautam had earlier made two CrPC 161 statements in July 2008 and later in April 2010. He said he told the investigating officer in his July statements about no mention of “rape” in the post-mortem. “I found this objectionable” and only the IO would be able to specify the reasons why this was not mentioned, he said.