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Aarushi-Hemraj murder: No dummy test was conducted by CBI, says Rajesh

Press Trust of India
May 21, 2013 at 06:46pm IST

Ghaziabad: Dentist Rajesh Talwar on Tuesday told special court in Ghaziabad that the CBI did not carry out any dummy test at their Jalvayu Vihar residence where his daughter Aarushi and domestic servant Hemraj were killed five years ago. CBI investigator AGL Kaul, who led the second probe team in connection with the sensational murders, had claimed in his deposition as prosecution witness that he carried out such a test in 2010 by putting a dummy in a sheet and dragging it to the roof with the help of two persons with normal body built.

The purpose of this exercise purportedly carried out in the presence of forensic experts was to ascertain whether parents of the teenager were capable of dragging a subconscious Hemraj to terrace where he was allegedly killed by them, he had claimed.

While recording his statement under Section 313 of the CrPC before Special CBI Judge Shyam Lal, where Judge seeks clarification from the accused on the witnesses and evidence presented against him, Talwar said no such test was conducted by the CBI. Sources in the know of proceedings claimed that Talwars had left their residence of Jalvayu Vihar - the crime scene - immediately after the incident and have not been living there since so there was no question of test being conducted there.

Aarushi-Hemraj murder: No dummy test was conducted by CBI, says Rajesh

The sources said CBI had not presented any evidence on record to show that such a test was conducted.

The sources said CBI had not presented any evidence on record to show that such a test was conducted and the only proof presented by CBI is a statement of its investigator AGL Kaul and Forensic Expert Rajinder Singh.

In his statement before the court, Kaul had claimed that a dummy test was conducted for two reaons - to understand whether two persons of normal built can wrap an adult's body and take it upstairs to the terrace and to ascertain pattern of bloodstains when such an act takes place.

The Judge has so far asked 549 questions from Rajesh Talwar regarding the evidence and testimony presented by the CBI during the trial. Talwar, who was visibly irritated with the media coverage, was seen arguing with camera persons who were present to capture the entry of couple in the court premises.

The couple's petition before the Allahabad High Court seeking that statements of the then Joint Director CBI Arun Kumar, who led the first team to investigate the case and blamed the servants for the crime, and 13 others be recorded as court witnesses was dismissed on Tuesday.

Press is not allowed to enter the court when the questioning of Talwar is going on as per the order of the Special Judge. 14-year-old Aarushi was found dead with her throat slit in her bedroom on May 16, 2008. The initial suspicion was on Hemraj, whose body was later found on their terrace at Jalvayu Vihar in Noida on the outskirts of Delhi.

The CBI had filed a closure report in December 2010 where it had mentioned a chain of circumstantial evidence which allegedly pointed towards the Talwars but said there was no admissible evidence against them. The Magistrate had rejected the CBI closure report and directed the Talwars to face trial. The allegations have been refuted by the Talwars who have

claimed innocence in the matter.

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