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Talwar ignored crucial evidence, says court order

india Updated: Feb 11, 2011 00:01 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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The special CBI court's order in the Aarushi Talwar murder case has stated that Dr Rajesh Talwar had been told about the discovery of blood stains on the stair case and the door handle after which he climbed a few stairs to have a look. But he seemed to have ignored the blood stains even after his only daughter was murdered and could have looked on for possible evidences, the order commented.

The court based its order on the statements of Dr Rohit Kocchar who reached the Talwar residence after the crime was discovered. He had made a statement saying Rajesh climbed some stairs but came back and did not say anything about the terrace keys and went inside the flat. Kocchar's friend Dr Rajiv Kumar Varshney had made a similar statement about the discovery of blood marks in his statements recorded on June 24, 2010.

Another important statement that the court cited was of Sanjay Chauhan, a PCS officer and then City Magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, that both the parents had "had no grief on their faces". Chauhan had also stated that he saw blood marks of someone being dragged over the staircase and on the handle but the keys of the terrace were not traceable.

In his defence, Talwar stated that he had had no occasion to observe the existence or non-existence of the blood stains or drag marks after the discovery of the crime as he had been confined to his house. He also stated that nobody had told him about the existence of such marks.

The order stated that the terrace door where Hemraj's body was found on May 17, 2008, was never locked before the double murder.

Before the discovery of the body, the terrace door was found locked and also some blood stains and drag marks were seen by several people who visited the Talwar residence after the discovery of crime. In its final report, the CBI had said that Talwar ignored several requests for keys to the terrace.

Before making such an observation, the court observed statements of at least four witnesses. Talwar's driver Umesh Sharma had stated on July 6, 2008 that the terrace door of the flat had never been locked before and that he was 'surprised' when he found out. The court order stated Talwar's own statements that Hemraj frequented the terrace to smoke and the door was never locked.

In their final report, the CBI had made observations about the heavy 'dressing of the scene of crime', and the suspected involvement of the parents in the double murder and had ruled out involvement of outsiders.

Rajesh in his protest petition had said that the CBI had no evidence to suggest the locking of the terrace door. He further said that the key to the terrace was in a bunch that Hemraj carried with him and had not been recovered till date.