Talwars destroyed evidence,CBI tells court in final arguments

The court has fixed October 17 for further arguments in the case.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | Ghaziabad | Published: October 16, 2013 2:06:30 am

Continuing final arguments in the Aarushi Talwar-Hemraj double murder case,the CBI told a Ghaziabad court that the crime scene had been dressed up by the accused — Rajesh and Nupur Talwar — who also destroyed evidence on Aarushi’s body.

The dentist couple are standing trial for the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj on the night of May 15-16,2008.

CBI special public prosecutor R K Saini told ASJ Shyam Lal,“Her bed was covered in sheets that didn’t have a single crease on them. Mishra had noted that there were some toys on the bed. But there were no bloodstains. Her body was covered with a bedsheet.”

He based this on the statements of prosecution witnesses and police officers Mahesh Kumar Mishra and Dattaram Nauneria.

Saini told the court about the CBI’s contention that the evidence on her body had been destroyed. For this,he referred to statements made by Dr Sunil Dohre,who conducted Aarushi’s post-mortem examination. “There was a wet circular mark found on the bedsheet,where there was no biological fluid or DNA that could be traced. This suggests that the victim’s body was cleaned,” the CBI told the court.

The CBI also recounted the statement made by retired police officer K K Gautam,who was formerly the Noida superintendent of police. “The witness told the court that he was asked by Dr Sushil Chaudhary not to mention rape in the post-mortem report,” special prosecutor Saini said.

The CBI,while recounting the statement of forensic expert B K Mahapatra,said no conclusive DNA could be extricated from the slides containing vaginal swabs. “The witness (Mahapatra) had said that the biological material in the slides was from more than one female source,none of them belonging to Aarushi. This suggests that the slides were either tampered with or contaminated,” Saini said.

The prosecution said Dr Rohit Kochar and Dr Rajeev Varshney,who had visited the house the next morning,had observed bloodstains on the lock of the terrace door,on the railings and stairs. Saini said they had also seen bloodstains on the stairs,strengthening the CBI’s claim that Hemraj’s body was wrapped in a bedsheet and dragged to the terrace.

The court has fixed October 17 for further arguments in the case.

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