CBI's annual report skips Aarushi murder case
The Aarushi Talwar-Hemraj Banjade murder case of May 2008, one of the most high-profile cases probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in which it recently submitted its closure report, found no mention in the agency's performance report for 2010. Abhishek Sharan reports.india Updated: Jan 11, 2011 00:04 IST
The Aarushi Talwar-Hemraj Banjade murder case of May 2008, one of the most high-profile cases probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in which it recently submitted its closure report, found no mention in the agency's performance report for 2010.
The CBI, after its 30-month probe, had submitted its closure report on December 29 before a Ghaziabad vacation bench. The case - involving the murder of Class 9 student Aarushi (13) and her family's domestic help Banjade (45) on May 16, 2008, in Noida - was taken over by the CBI from Noida police on May 31, 2008.
The agency had in its closure report suggested the alleged involvement of Aarushi's dentist parents, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, in the "in the crime and the cover up." The report however said the CBI decided against pressing charges due to "…a number of critical and serious gaps" in its probe's findings.
Asked by the Ghaziabad court for the reason behind an alleged haste in submitting the closure report, the agency's prosecution team had said there was no delay and that it was submitted since the CBI had wanted to clear the yearly backlog of cases.
The "performance" report did not also mention the update on the agency's probe into the hacking of its website on December 3 by a group that identified itself as 'Pakistani Cyber Army', for which it had filed a first information report against unidentified accused person/s. On Monday though, the agency's website, www.cbi.gov.in, was back with ramped-up security features.
Among other notable omissions from the "performance" report, was the agency's ongoing probe into the alleged irregularities in the allocation of 2G spectrum and licenses in 2007/8.
The CBI had on December 24 last year interrogated former communications and information technology minister A Raja for around nine 9 hours to establish his alleged role in the irregularities, 14 months after the agency had filed its first information report in the case, resulting in a loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore.