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Talwars want crime scene pictures, papers; CBI court to decide today

A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ghaziabad will pass an order on the three applications filed by the Talwars on Tuesday.

india Updated: Jun 26, 2012 13:02 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times

A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ghaziabad will pass an order on the three applications filed by the Talwars on Tuesday.

The Talwars’ lawyers had requested the court to confront a prosecution witness with his CrPC 161 statements given in July, 2008 and March, 2010.

The witness had already given his statements while deposing before the court on June 8 in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case.

During the previous hearing on June 21, the Talwars’ lawyers had filed applications before the court to get around 203 photographs of the scene of crime

and original samples of cellophane tapes on which fingerprints were recorded at the scene of crime.

In yet another application through her lawyers, Dr Nupur Talwar had stated that statements of Chunni Lal Gautam, a UP police personnel who lifted fingerprints and clicked photographs of the scene of crime, were inconsistent and contrary to his previous CrPC 161 statements recorded on July 2, 2008 and March 29, 2010.

Gautam had recently deposed before the court and got his statements recorded on June 8. He had stated that Aarushi’s body was covered with a white sheet and her bed sheet had no creases. Also, the toys kept on the bed had no blood marks.

He said that he took fingerprints and photographs from the terrace where Hemraj’s body was found on May 17, 2008, but by then the body had already been taken by the police. He took pictures of Hemraj’s body at the Gautam Budh Nagar mortuary on May 18, 2008.

Gautam’s statements will prove crucial as the CBI, in its closure report filed in December, 2010, had talked about the “dressing up” of the scene of crime after the murder.

Talwars’ lawyers said that Gautam gave some additional information in his present statements before the court.

In its reply, the CBI had said that the defence lawyers wanted to ask Gautam some questions which they did not ask another prosecution witness, AD Sah, a forensic fingerprint expert, who also got his statements recorded before the court on June 8. CBI stated that Gautam was cross-examined on points which did not pertain to his work and requested the court to dismiss the application.

In another application submitted by CBI special public prosecutor RK Saini on Monday, the agency asked the court not to allow people, who are not connected with the case, inside the courtroom.

First Published: Jun 26, 2012 12:57 IST

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