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Key pieces missing in puzzle, doctor sent to judicial custody

The announcement of Dr Rajesh Talwar’s arrest was followed by the shocking disclosure that the prime accused has been sent to 14-days judicial custody, reports Tushar Srivastava.
Hindustan Times | By Tushar Srivastava, Noida
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2008 12:03 AM IST

The announcement of Dr Rajesh Talwar’s arrest in the double-murder case was followed by the shocking disclosure that the prime accused had been sent to 14-days judicial custody.

This was something never heard of in a high-profile murder case. And that too when investigators had nothing concrete to tell on what basis they had zeroed in on Talwar, what was the evidence against him, how many people were involved in the crime, what had actually taken place that day.

Senior police officers were at a loss to explain the missing pieces of investigation. The weapon of offence — a hammer and a scalpel — hadn’t been recovered. Neither were the mobile phones of Aarushi and Hemraj and nor were the clothes worn by Talwar on the day the crime was committed had been recovered.

So why hadn’t they pressed for a police remand of the accused when practically they had no corroborative evidence to prove that Talwar was the killer and neither had they made any recovery at his instance?

“The recovery made at the instance of the accused can be used as important piece of evidence. But in this case, he has been sent to judicial custody. Not only does the police loose important days of investigation, there are chances the evidence can be destroyed,” a senior police officer said.

Inspector General of Police Gurdarshan Singh shocked everyone when he said, “Recovery of murder weapon is a very small thing.”

District Government Counsel (Crime) KK Singh, said, “Talwar was produced before the Chief Judicial Magisterate AK Singh’s court. He was remanded to 14 days judicial custody by the CJM.”

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