Vijay Kumar,a CBI officer who was part of the first CBI team which investigated the murders of Aarushi Talwar and Hemraj,disagreed with the accounts made by a string of key witnesses in the murder trial on Wednesday.
Kumar,who was at the time posted as SP at the time of the murders,is a prosecution witness in the case. He had recorded the statements of these witnesses under Section 161 of the Code of Criminal Procedure during the CBI investigation.
Aarushis parents Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are standing trial for the murder of their daughter and domestic help Hemraj on the intervening night of May 15 and 16,2008.
During cross examination,Kumar said Mahesh Kumar Mishra,who was the then SP,Noida,had not said in his 161 statement that when I asked the SHO why he hadnt opened the door of the terrace (the day after Aarushis body was found),he said Rajesh Talwar wasnt giving the keys and a mechanic couldnt be found.
Kumar told court,Mishra said that Dattaram Nauneria,the SHO of the Sector 20 police station,had told him that the key couldnt be found,and they had forgotten to break open the lock.
Kumar also countered the account of K K Gautam,ex-DSP of Noida police.
In his testimony to court,Gautam had said,Dr Sushil Choudhary had called me and asked me to speed up the post-mortem process. He also asked me to try to remove any mention of rape in the post-mortem report.
Kumar,however,told court on Wednesday that Gautam had not said any of this in his statement to the CBI.
Regarding Dr Sunil Dohre,who had conducted the post-mortem examination of Aarushi Talwar,Kumar said,Dohre had not told me that Aarushis vaginal cavity was open and the vaginal canal was visible. He had only told me that Aarushis death had occurred three to four hours after she consumed food.
During their respective testimonies to court,Gautam,Mishra and Dohre had all alleged that they had narrated these accounts to the CBI,but did not know why they were not mentioned in their 161 statements.