CFSL expert quizzed about handling of forensic evidence

The cross-examination of senior CFSL biologist Dr B K Mahapatra continued at a Ghaziabad sessions court on Tuesday.

Written by Express News Service | Ghaziabad | Published: August 29, 2012 2:09 am

The cross-examination of senior CFSL biologist Dr B K Mahapatra continued at a Ghaziabad sessions court on Tuesday. He was asked about evidence taken from Krishna’s room. Krishna,an employee of prime accused Rajesh Talwar,was earlier suspected in the double murder of Arushi Talwar and Hemraj,but was later let off due to lack of evidence. The examination of Mahapatra will continue on Wednesday,with exhibits,which Mahapatra gave his forensic analysis on,expected to be opened in court once again.

Defence counsel G P Thareja asked Mahapatra if he was part of the inspection team which went to Krishna’s Noida Sector 25 home on June 14,2008 and recovered his trousers,a pillow cover,and a khukri from his room. The counsel asked,“Why did you not pick up any upper body clothes from Krishna’s room,such as his shirt?” In his reply,Mahapatra said he did not remember if a shirt was found in Krishna’s house and said,“It is incorrect to say that I did not look for the shirt on purpose.”

Mahapatra reiterated his findings on these samples before Additional Sessions Judge Shyam Lal,and said no DNA was generated from either clothing or the khukri. In his earlier statements before court,Mahapatra had said that while there was evidence of a “blood stain” on the khukri,no DNA was generated. Throughout their defence,the counsel representing Rajesh and Nupur Talwar has pointed towards a khukri as a possible weapon used to slit the throats of Arushi and Hemraj.

As on Tuesday,the defence also asked questions on the sequence of events during the collection of evidence,as well as directions given to him to carry out the procedure.

Mahapatra said,“I was instructed by the SP,CBI to collect evidence. I do not recollect the exact sequence and locations from where the evidence was collected.”

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