CBI draws a blank in Noida teen murder case
Four months after Aarushi-Hemraj murders, CBI investigation hits a wall, reports Abhishek Sharan.Updated: Sep 10, 2008, 00:45 IST
This is the closest you can get to a perfect murder. There are two dead people — a teenaged girl and a middle-aged man — and no one knows who killed them. Not even the best investigators in the country. Over four months since the murders, there is no murderer or murderers.
<b1>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) put up its hands on Tuesday saying they don’t have enough evidence to charge the three men in their custody for the murder of Aarushi Talwar and the family’s domestic help Hemraj, a Nepal citizen. They were killed on May 15/16.
Investigators say they need the weapon or object used in the murders and Aarushi’s mobile phone, which apparently holds clinching clues to the killers. Without them, they are unable to connect the three accused in their custody to the murders.
A reward of Rs 1 lakh has been announced for anyone who can lead the CBI to the weapons and the phone.
Sources said the phone has possibly reached Nepal and a written request for it has been sent to the government of that country.
The agency was to file a chargesheet in the trial court on Tuesday against the accused — 90 days since their arrest according to trial rules. It couldn’t make the deadline and said at a news conference it needed more time.
The agency’s Deputy Director (Coordination) Neerja Gotru said, “The investigation of this case will continue. The CBI will file its report under section 173 Criminal Procedure Code only on conclusion of investigation. The full facts of the case will be presented before the court.”
The CBI took over the case after a series of serious lapses by the local Noida police. Its investigators arrested three persons — Krishna, the medical assistant of Aarushi’s dentist father Rajesh Talwar, and two domestic helps Raj Kumar and Vijay Mandal.
Krishna and Kumar are believed to have sent Aarushi’s mobile — a Nokia N-72 — to Nepal through an acquaintance.
"The mobile contains secrets that are directly linked to the murder case and that is why it was sent away by the accused," a source told HT.
When asked if the CBI will oppose the accused men's bail applications that might follow the failure to chargesheet them, Gotru said, "If and when the bail applications come up, the full facts of the case will be presented before the court."
A source told HT, "We know we have the right men in custody, on the basis of a range of scientific evidence. We just need material evidence" The agency had earlier alleged Kumar and Krishna had molested and killed Aarushi, and Hemraj, and Mandal was a witness.
So, why doesn't the agency chargesheet them?