Turning the Aarushi murder case on its head, the CBI on Tuesday said the murders of both the teenager and her family’s domestic help Hemraj were pre-planned.
The startling revelation demolishes the Noida Police claim that the murders were committed “on the spur of the moment” after Dr Rajesh Talwar saw his daughter and the help in an “objectionable position”.
It also suggests an altogether different motive for the murders, switches the case on to a completely different track, and marks the first major movement forward in the probe since the CBI was called in 10 days ago.
A top source close to the investigation told Hindustan Times the murders had been meticulously planned, and the killers had even plotted an elaborate cover-up. “The CBI has also managed to ascertain the real motive behind the killings and is now trying to gather evidence to corroborate it,” the source added.
Sources said it is now more or less clear that more than one killer was involved, and that all of them probably gained a friendly entry into the house.
The CBI reached these conclusions after questioning a number of people, carrying out multiple polygraph tests on suspects, and recreating the sequence of events of the night of the twin murders.
“Some fingerprints have been lifted from the air conditioners installed in the house. It is suspected that the assailants opened the AC and left it like that so that it made extra noise,” the source said.
Top CBI sleuths investigated the ACs at the Talwar home late on Monday night. According to sources, some officers sat in Talwar’s room while others in Aarushi’s room made noises to check if they could be heard in the adjoining room.