The third accused in Noida double-murder case, Vijay Mandal, was remanded in three day CBI custody on Saturday.
Mandal is a cook at the house of Punish Rai Tandon, a neighbour of Dr Rajesh Talwar. The CBI on Saturday produced him before the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Dinesh Kumar in Ghaziabad.
He was arrested on Friday after being subjected to a series of tests, which included a psychological assessment test, polygraph test, brain-fingerprinting test at Forensic Science Laboratory, Mumbai, and a narco-analysis test at FSL Bangalore. Mandal revealed that he was present at Talwar’s house on the night of the murders.
Mandal has been accused under sections 302, 201, 120 (B) of the IPC by the CBI.
The agency, however, remained silent on his role and there is a possibility that he might turn an approver or a witness in the case.
The CBI had requested the court for a 15-day remand. CBI public prosecutor Suresh Batra told the court that his police remand is required for the recovery of weapons used in the crime; recovery of clothes used by the accused during the murder; and revelation of important facts related to the case. The defence counsel requested the court to send Mandal to judicial custody.
During the proceedings, the defence lawyers requested the court for a meeting with the accused. After the court order for a meeting, the defence lawyers said: “Vijay Mandal told us that he is not habitual and never consumed liquor in his life. He has been kept in illegal detention by the CBI. He swore upon his parents that he is not involved in the crime and never visited Talwar’s residence. He went to their residence only three days after the incident when he was told by Punish Rai Tandon to go there and get the food prepared for the visitors at Talwar’s residence. He also said that CBI officials beat him in custody.”
The court, in its order, said the remand is necessary to get the recovery of weapons, evidence and the clothes worn by the accused during the crime. Taking into consideration the rulings cited by defence and prosecution, the court ordered for a three days remand of the accused to the CBI.