CBI probes reports of Arushi vaginal swab switch

The allegation that Arushi Talwar’s vaginal swab,submitted for tests,was not actually hers is now being intensively investigated by the new team of Central Bureau of Investigation,which is handling the case.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: December 3, 2009 4:59 am

The allegation that Arushi Talwar’s vaginal swab,submitted for tests,was not actually hers is now being intensively investigated by the new team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI),which is handling the case.

Fourteen-year-old Arushi Talwar and the household’s domestic help Hemraj were found dead at Arushi’s Noida home in May last year.

To investigate the alleged switch in the vaginal swab the CBI team,on Tuesday,visited Noida’s Sector 24 police station. According to sources,Sector 24 police station officers had taken the body of a middle-aged woman,Soni,to the Noida Civil Hospital for postmortem,just before Arushi’s body was brought in for postmortem. Arushi’s case was then being handled by Noida’s Sector 20 police station.

The CBI suspects that Arushi’s vaginal swab may have been mixed up with that of Soni’s,sources said.

The agency had also,last week,collected Arushi’s and Soni’s postmortem records from the hospital,sources said.

The CBI team reportedly stayed in Sector 24 police station for almost an hour and recorded the statements of all the officers who were part of investigation into Soni’s death and those who took her body to Noida hospital.

The CBI has also recorded the statement of the doctor who conducted Soni’s postmortem,sources said. According to reports,the investigating agency also has plans to talk to Soni’s family.

The change of Arushi’s vaginal swab was allegedly detected last year but the agency had not investigated it at the time. The agency has also called accused in the case Rajkumar back from Nepal.

Rajkumar’s counsel Naresh Yadav said,“I came to know that the CBI team had come to Sector 24 police station yesterday. They could have done this much before and questioned the police officers.”

CBI officials,however,refused to comment on the case saying investigations were on.

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