The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has produced yet another prosecution witness, a sub-divisional magistrate from Meerut, during hearings on the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case at a Ghaziabad court.
Witness Sanjay Chauhan said he had gone for a morning walk to a stadium in Noida’s Sector 25 on the morning of May 16, 2008. While returning, he saw several police vehicles near the Talwar house.
Chauhan said because he thought some law and order problem had arisen, he reached the Talwar house in Jalvayu Vihar, where he came to know about Aarushi’s murder.
He said he saw a girl’s dead body, which was partially covered with a white sheet. The girl’s trousers had been pulled down. Chauhan noticed Aarushi’s parents in the lobby and talking to people. He was surprised to see there were no signs of grief on their faces, and they seemed to be maintaining a distance from their daughter’s body. He went to the stairs leading to the terrace and saw some policemen. He noticed bloodstains on the railings. He went down later, apprehending disturbance of the scene of crime.
When he came down, he saw Rajesh Talwar telling policemen to stop wasting time in questioning and look instead for Hemraj.
Chauhan was posted as an administrative official in Noida and later promoted as city magistrate in October 2008. In his cross-examination concluded on Tuesday, he said he lived in Greater Noida and used his personal car to travel 28km to the Sector 25 stadium for morning walks.
Upon being questioned by the defence counsels on the reason for travelling such a great distance for a morning walk, Chauhan said Sector 25 was a safe place, given the nature of his work, and walking tracks had not yet been prepared in many Greater Noida colonies.
Chauhan is the fourth prosecution witness produced by the CBI during the case trial.