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The CBI says that the three servants in the Aarushi murder are implicated on the basis of “forensic and narco-analysis reports” but they are still looking for corroborative evidence, reports Tushar Shrivastava.
By Tushar Srivastava Tushar Srivastava Tushar Shrivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2008 08:55 PM IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has said it had implicated the three servants, Krishna, Rajkumar and Vijay Mandal, in the Aarushi murder on the basis of “forensic and narco-analysis reports” and that they were still looking for corroborative evidence.

As a safe measure, they added that this does mean Dr Rajesh Talwar had been given a clean chit and they would proceed accordingly as more evidence comes up.

But the CBI’s story so far is full of contradictions.

Motive not known, murder weapon not recovered: The agency has not been able say what was the motive behind the double-murders. On Friday too, the CBI was at a loss to explain whether it was a “lust murder” or a “revenge murder”. The agency had earlier said the murders were planned.

CBI has made no recoveries in the case: The mobile phones of the deceased and the murder weapon haven’t been recovered. “We know the details but we are finding some problems,” said Joint Director Arun Kumar.

All that the agency has till now are the narco-analysis reports and confession statements of the accused, which are not admissible in court unless supported by corroborative evidence.

Would a servant call friends for drinks when employers are at home?: CBI says Hemraj called the accused to his room where they had drinks, a Balentine Scotch. If that was so, the Talwars must have given Hemraj a lot of independence where he was allowed to call other servants home late at night for drinks when they too were at home.

Aarushi’s room locked: The CBI, opposing Talwar’s bail application sometime back, had told the court he was still a suspect since Aarushi’s room would be locked from outside and the keys would be in her parent’s room. Going by this version, no one could have entered Aarushi’s room without the keys. The CBI on Friday said the Talwar’s had started trusting Hemraj since he had been working for them for around eight months and had stopped locking her room from outside.

Hemraj asked for khukri: Seeking Krishna’s custody, the CBI had told the court he had gone to Hemraj’s room with a khukri as the latter had asked for one. The agency has failed to explain what prompted Hemraj to ask for a khukri.

Why would Hemraj accompany the three to Aarushi’s room?: The CBI said the accused had gathered at Hemraj’s room for drinks where they talked about Aarushi. Nupur Talwar has, on a number of occasions, said that Hemraj was “'a father-like figure” to Aarushi. The agency failed to explain why Hemraj accompanied the three to Aarushi’s room when he was aware of their intentions and protested only when Aarushi had fallen unconscious after being hit by a blunt object and the accused tried to sexually abuse her.

How could no one hear the screams?: Aarushi, the CBI said, tried to scream but was gagged. The agency added she had a sore throat and might not have been able to shout for help. However, they failed to say why no one would have heard Hemraj’s cries for help that too when he was killed on the terrace and offered stiff resistance. And that when he didn’t have a sore throat.

Why would Krishna kill Aarushi?: Krishna, the CBI said, was scolded by Talwar and was aggrieved about it. But why would he kill Aarushi? And was Krishna so hurt by Talwar’s scolding that he decided to rape and kill his daughter?

Why did the others assist him?: If Krishna had a grudge against Talwar and decided to kill Aarushi, why would Rajkumar and Vijay Mandal assist him in the crime? CBI said it was difficult to guess how a drunk person would behave.

Why didn’t the accused flee to Nepal?: Why did Krishna and Rajkumar stay back in Noida and not flee to their home in Nepal? Were they so sure they would never be caught? CBI says if they had fled they would have become obvious suspects so they stayed back.

Why would Rajkumar keep a bloodstained T-shirt in his room?: CBI says Krishna and Rajkumar managed to dispose of the mobiles and murder weapon within hours of the incident. So why would Rajkumar keep a bloodstained T-shirt in his room even a month after the murders?

Why was no narco-test conducted on Talwar?: While the CBI conducted narco-analysis test of all the accused, they did not conduct it on the Talwars, both of who were present in the house at the time of the murders. CBI said they did not do so as psycho-assessment and polygraph tests of the parents did not reveal deception whereas that of the servants showed deception.

Terrace locked: The terrace of Talwars’ home would be locked from inside. So when Hemraj protested and was taken upstairs to the terrace, the accused first opened the lock of the terrace door. Hemraj must have provided the keys. After killing him, they did not panic and locked the terrace door again and then proceeded to Aarushi’s room and killed her. It appears from this that the killers were professional.

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