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Vijay Mandal’s custody extended

The CBI custody of Vijay Mandal, the third suspect in the Aarushi and Hemraj murder case, was extended by another four days, reports Peeyush Khandelwal.
By Peeyush Khandelwal | Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2008 01:08 AM IST

The CBI custody of Vijay Mandal, the third suspect in the Aarushi and Hemraj murder case, was extended by another four days on Tuesday.

CBI counsel R.K. Saini told the court Mandal’s remand should be extended, as they needed to recover the murder weapon and mobile phones of the deceased. The agency told the court several tests are to be conducted on him at CFSL and they had to recover the clothes he was wearing at the time of the murders.

Defence counsel Sanjay Tyagi told the court Mandal had been kept under illegal detention. “He has been tortured and no notice of his arrest was given to his family. Even after three days of remand, the CBI has not been able to find any evidence of his involvement in the crime,” Tyagi argued.

The court said information was given at Mandal’s residence as per the case-diary produced before the court. As regards allegations that he was tortured the medical report hasn’t stated so.

Rajkumar’s cousin alleges harassment

Rajkumar’s cousin Mahendra Sharma alleged he was being pressurised by the CBI to admit Rajkumar had handed over Aarushi’s mobile phone to him. “I do not know anything about the mobile phone and neither had Rajkumar handed me any mobile. Even Rajkumar does not know where the phones are,” he said.

Sharma alleged CBI officials had been coming to his office for two weeks, which has angered his employers. “If this continues, I’ll lose my job,” he said. “I was in Nepal from May 23 to June 4,” he added.

Fortis non-committal

Fortis, Noida is non-committal about the Talwars getting back to work as consultants with the hospital’s orthodontics department. “Dr Talwar has gone through a harrowing experience. We need to give him space and time to decide,” said the hospital in a statement.

Hospital medical director Dr Manoj Rai Mehta said the Talwars have not been in touch with the hospital administration. “We all need to give them some space. We have taken no decision on this,” he said.

The Talwars were consultants with Fortis Noida and were not employees. Along with Anita and her husband Praful Durani, they also run a private clinic at their Jal Vayu Vihar home in Noida.

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