The counsel for murdered teenager Arushis parents,dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar,on Thursday submitted an application before a sessions court,seeking statements of a prosecution witness who allegedly gave different versions about what he saw at the crime scene.
Defence lawyers had said Chunni Lal,the police photographer who took pictures of the Talwars Noida house where the crime took place,told police in July 2008 and July 2010 that there was no blood on the toys in Arushis room as well as the walls.
Talwars counsel Manoj Sisodia said: In court,he (Lal) changed his version and said he saw blood on these objects. Therefore,we have asked for his statements made to police and confront him for the differing statements.
He said Lal seemed to have retracted his statements during cross-examination.
When he was asked why he had said something different in 2008 and 2010 to what he was saying in court,Lal said he did not remember exactly what he said to the investigation officer. Therefore,we have felt the need to call for his earlier statements, the counsel said.
The counsel submitted two other applications in the sessions court on Thursday.
In the first application,he asked the CBI for all 230 photographs that Lal had taken in the Noida house where Arushi was found murdered along with the familys domestic help,Hemraj.
Though the CBI will file its formal response by June 25,senior prosecution lawyer R K Saini said: We had already given them the relevant photographs. If they require more,they are available with the Central Forensic Science Laboratory. We will submit these to the court by June 25.
The counsels second application was regarding a tape – a plastic sheet that detectives press onto an object to collect specimen. Sisodia said: This is court property and must be produced in the hearing.
Additional Sessions Judge Shyam Lal directed the CBI to either submit the documents asked for in the application or file a detailed reply by June 25.