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Talwar has confessed, says cops

Police statements contradicts IG’s earlier remarks that Talwar had not confessed, reports Kapil Datta.
Hindustan Times | By Kapil Datta, Noida
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2008 01:25 AM IST

The Noida police contradicted itself yet again in the Noida double murder case when they stated in court on Monday that Dr Rajesh Talwar had confessed to killing his daughter Aarushi and servant Hemraj.

At the time of Talwar’s arrest on Friday, Inspector General Gurdarshan Singh had stated Talwar had not confessed and “no one initially confesses to his crime”. Since Friday, police haven’t got a chance to interrogate Talwar, as he was sent to judicial custody straightaway.

Meanwhile, the Noida police finally requested the court to grant them Talwar’s custody. Legal experts and senior officers had been surprised when police failed to seek Talwar’s custody even though the weapon of offence, mobile phones of Aarushi and Hemraj and the clothes he wore on the day of the murder hadn’t been recovered.

Senior prosecution official P.C. Srivastava said the police application was put through the inquiry officer wherein they sought seven days custody.

The police have stated Talwar has confessed to his crime and was willing to help them in recovering the murder weapon. Talwar was charged under IPC section 302 (murder) and 201(causing disappearance of evidence or giving false information to screen offender).

“From May 16 to 23, he had travelled to various places including Haridwar,” Srivastava said. Chief Judicial Magistrate A.K. Singh directed Dasna jail superintendent to produce Talwar before the court on Tuesday.

“Though the hearing on Talwar’s bail application was scheduled for Monday, it was postponed since the police applied for his remand. The remand application will be taken up first,” said Srivastava.

“My client has been implicated in the case. The confession they claim to have must have been under pressure. It has no significance in the court of law. The police want to take his remand to plant the recovery weapon on him,” said Mahender Pratap Singh, Talwar’s advocate.

Talwar’s brother Dinesh said his brother had even thought of committing suicide.

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