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CBI conducts fresh search at Talwar's residence

Earlier, the team searched Talwar's Noida residence to find more clues into the murder of Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.
By HT Correspondent | IANS, Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2008 12:19 PM IST

A team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and forensic experts conducted a fresh search late on Monday in the house of Rajesh Talwar to find more clues into the murder of his daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.

The team, accompanied by Talwar's compounder Krishna, reached his Noida residence at around 11.45 pm.

CBI Joint Director Arun Kumar led the team. Earlier, the CBI had put compounder Krishna through a six-hour lie detector test. The agency claimed to have obtained some "incriminating clues" against him from the room of Hemraj, the slain domestic help.

During investigations it was found that three people were present in Hemraj's room and consumed alcohol on May 15 night, when Aarushi's murder took place. One of them was Krishna, the identity of the third person is not yet known, said CBI sources.

On June 1, the CBI registered Aarushi's murder case against "unknown persons". The Noida police arrested Aarushi's dentist father, Rajesh Talwar, as the prime accused but the CBI is treating him only as a "suspect".

CBI Director Vijay Shanker has said, "The breakthrough is going to come soon."

Aarushi, 14, was found killed in her Noida home on May 16 with her throat slit. The Noida Police initially named domestic help Hemraj and even sent teams to trace him, but backtracked after his body was found a day later on the terrace of the Talwars' house.

The police arrested Talwar on May 23, accusing him of killing his daughter in a fit of rage as he objected to her being close to Hemraj. The police had said at the time that Talwar first killed Hemraj and then his daughter.

The CBI took over the case after the Noida police drew flak for shoddy investigations.

"The delay in handing over the case to the CBI has proved detrimental. The crime scene has been disturbed if not destroyed completely. Now all our hopes are pinned on the forensic evidence reports, which are awaited," the official said.

The Noida police had not even bothered to seal the crime scene.

After taking over the case, the CBI lifted blood samples still found at the scene of crime, suspected fingerprints, palm prints etc. and collected other forensic evidence.

The blood soaked blanket found on the body of Aarushi and other articles of clothing having suspected blood stains were also seized. Talwar's computer, laptop and some other articles in the Noida Police custody were also taken.

The bail plea of Rajesh Talwar, who is currently in judicial custody, will come up for hearing on Tuesday before a Ghaziabad court. With no clinching evidence on record against him, the court is likely to grant him bail.

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