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CBI quizzes Duranis and Nupur Talwar

The Durranis - Praful and Anita - were called to the CBI headquarters and examined by psyco-analysts from Forensic Sciences Lab and AIIMS.
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UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2008 01:54 AM IST

Dr Praful and Anita Durani, family friends of the Talwars, were called for questioning to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters on Wednesday.

Sources said a team of senior CBI officials interrogated the couple. The questioning went on till late Wednesday evening. “Their Nepalese servant, Raj Kumar, was also present in the interrogation room,” the source said. Kumar was subjected to a polygraph test on Monday.

A team of forensic experts from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences was assisting the team in the interrogation. Sources said the Duranis were subjected to a psychological assessment test. Senior officials, however, remained tight-lipped on this.

A CBI team took Aarushi’s mother Nupur Talwar to her clinic at Parasvnath Mall in Sector 27 where she was being questioned till late Wednesday evening. The clinic had been searched in the afternoon.

The Talwars’ maid, Bharati, was also picked up by a CBI team for questioning while she was working in a house in the colony. She could be subjected to a polygraph test. Bharati said she was asked what time she reached Talwars’ house on May 16, how was the door locked, what she saw inside and what time was the police called.

Bharati said she had started working at the Talwars’ place a week before the murders and had taken an off on May 15. She reached the Talwars home around 6 am on May 16. When she rang the doorbell no one opened. After sometime Nupur came to the terrace and threw the keys down, she added. When she opened the door and went inside she found the couple crying. When asked what had happened, they pointed towards Aarushi’s room. When she asked them if she should call someone the couple reportedly did not reply and later asked her to inform the neighbours. The police hadn’t been informed till 7am, Bharati said.

On Tuesday, the CBI had said Krishna had confessed to his involvement in the murders. Anita Durani was questioned on Tuesday also.

The Talwars’ driver, Umesh Sharma, was taken to HDFC bank from where, according to unconfirmed reports, Nupur Talwar had withdrawn Rs 26,000 a day before the murders. According to more unconfirmed reports, the CBI was also probing a contract killing angle to the murders. The credit card and bank details of the Talwars have been obtained by the agency.

A CBI team searched the area around the Talwars’ house and Krishna’s room and left with some material in three bags.

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