Aarushi case: Accused Mandal gets bail
Mandal had moved the bail plea on the ground that the CBI did not have any proof to name him as an accused in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case.Updated: Sep 04, 2008, 21:22 IST
An alleged accused in the sensational Noida double-murder was released on bail by a local court in Ghaziabad despite opposition from the CBI.
Vijay Mandal was granted bail by court following a bail plea moved by the accused that the agency did not have any proof to name him as an accused in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case.
The judge, after hearing the arguments from both sides, granted bail to Mandal, domestic servant of Aarushi's neighbour on a surety of Rs 25,000.
The CBI had, however, during the proceedings opposed the bail application on the ground that the investigations are in process and Mandal if released could escape or damage evidences which might still exist.
However, his lawyer contended that the agency had not been able to collect any evidence against his client in spite of Mandal being arrested in July.
The case had attracted much public glare as the Noida police had initially goofed up the investigation leaving gapping holes in the case even as it arrested Aarushi's father Dr Rajesh Talwar for the twin murder.
Later on after severe criticism, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati transferred the case to CBI on June 1.