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'Raj Kumar hid phones of victims'

The CBI says the Durranis' domestic help has "confessed" that he will help the agency recover the mobile phones of Aarushi and Hemraj, reports Peeyush Khandelwal.

india Updated: Jul 06, 2008 09:10 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told a Ghaziabad court on Friday that Raj Kumar, arrested by the agency on Friday in connection with the Aarushi murder case, has admitted to his involvement in the murders.

The agency said Kumar, in his statement under section 161 CrPC, had confessed to have broken Aarushi’s mobile phone after her murder, switched it off and later hid it at an unidentified location. He also said that he could lead to the recovery of Hemraj’s mobile and khukri, the CBI claimed in court.

“He can lead us to the place where the weapon and other related materials have been kept,” CBI counsel R.K. Saini told the court. Kumar is the servant of Praful and Anita Durani, family friends of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar.

The court remanded Kumar in 14 days CBI custody.

The CBI had on June 14 asked for Krishna’s remand on the grounds of recovering evidence and the weapon used in the murders. However, it had met with little success. The Noida police too had asked for Talwar’s remand on the ground of recovering the mobile phones and murder weapon.

However, the CBI has also told the court that Kumar has been giving “deceptive” answers during interrogation and seems to be hiding the facts related to the case. “He will be subjected to scientific tests to verify his statements,” Saini said.

Kumar has been charged under the same sections —302, 201 and 120(B) of IPC — as the two other suspects.

T-shirt in Kumar’s bathroom

The CBI has said the washed T-shirt with bloodstains recovered during search of Kumar’s room on June 13 was found in a cupboard in the bathroom. It has been sent for advanced tests to the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics in Hyderabad.

The investigating agency said if they match with the stains on Aarushi’s clothes, it could provide clinching evidence in the case. “The whitish discharge (on Aarushi’s clothes) may contain the seminal cells which will provide concrete and conclusive scientific finding to establish the identity of the person. That single evidence will be sufficient to prosecute a person,” said Dr Sudhir Gupta, associate professor in Forensic Medicine, AIIMS.

Raj Kumar’s mysterious smile

Dressed in gray T-shirt and flanked by CBI officials, Kumar looked confident and had a mysterious smile on his face during the court proceedings as he stood in the witness box.

Kumar answered in the negative when asked by Judge Sapna Mishra if he had any advocate to represent him. When asked if he had anything to say about the case, Kumar once again said no. The judge then asked him if he had any objection to being sent in CBI custody. “I don’t have any objection. Please do what you think is correct,” he said.

Later when Kumar was in the waiting room three lawyers approached him and expressed their wish to defend him. “He said he had no problem and asked us to go ahead and then signed the papers,” said one of them.

Appeal to National Human Rights Commission Kumar’s defence lawyers filed an application with the NHRC alleging that the CBI had kept in detention illegally for the past 15 days.

Dasna jail

Rajesh Talwar and Krishna, the two others arrested in the case, are lodged in Dasna district jail. “I have ordered both of them to be kept separately and that they should not be allowed to come in contact with each other because of the seriousness of the case. Jail authorities, as per court orders, conducted Krishna’s medical examination. His reports are okay and there is no sign of physical torture,” said V.K. Singh, Dasna jail superintendent.

Both are allowed access to magazines and newspapers as per the rules and regulations.