A pillow and its case,exhibited in court for the second day on Wednesday,is set to become one of the key pieces of evidence in the trial of murdered Noida teenager Arushi Talwar and the familys domestic help Hemraj.
On Tuesday,the pillow case was exhibited in court and Dr B K Mahapatra,senior biologist with the CFSL and prosecution witness in the case,said that the pillow case,found in Arushis room,showed presence of male DNA in the bloodstains.
Earlier,the counsel for dentists Rajesh and Nupur Talwar,who are being tried for the 2008 killings,had told the court that there was no evidence of the presence of Hemraj or any other male in the room at the time of the murder,suggesting problems with the CBI version of events. The Talwars lawyer had on several occasions quoted from the CBIs case closure report which on page 29, under the subhead major shortcomings of evidence,stated: No blood of Hemraj was found on the bedsheet and pillows of Arushi. There is no evidence to prove that Hemraj was killed in the room of Arushi.
The lawyer said the pillow case will figure prominently in the cross examination of Dr Mahapatra. There are discrepancies in the report,and the CBIs version earlier. These will be brought up. So far there had been no mention of any male DNA in Arushis room,even from the prosecution.
At one point during the hearing,the Talwars had argued that a bloodstained pillow with Hemrajs DNA had been found in the room of Krishna,another help. Krishna had earlier been made an accused in the case but let off for lack of evidence.
It is learnt that a letter to the CFSL from the then SP (CBI),RS Dhankar,in June 4,2008 stated that one bloodstained pillow with pillow cover in a sealed envelope,captioned as 13,from the room of Ms Arushi. Incidentally,while the CBI inspection memo of the crime scene,dated June 1,2008 stated the positions from where 14 items were picked up,the only one that did not mention the position was item number 13.
On Wednesday,only one additional parcel was opened in the court which contained a blanket found on the terrace of the house. Dr Mahapatra said there was presence of blood on the blanket which generated female DNA. The next hearing has been fixed for August 14 when more exhibits will be opened with comments from the CFSL biologist.