press trust of india
Ghaziabad, 11 October
The prosecution in Aarushi-Hemraj murder case today told a special CBI court that the dentist couple, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, “knew in advance” about the death of their domestic aide before his body was found at the terrace, a day after the crime.
On the second consecutive day of final argument, CBI lawyer B K Singh told court that on May 16, 2008, Rajesh had lodged a complaint at Noida Sector 20 police station at 7.10 am, stating that “He (Rajesh), wife Nupur and daughter Aarushi reside at his house while Hemraj also lived at his residence.”
“Lived word indicates that Rajesh already knew Hemraj was not alive. Talwar had also said that Hemraj fled away after murdering his daughter while Rajesh woke up in the morning,” Singh said.
The CBI lawyer also said that the door of Aarushi&’s room was open and it had blood spot in its front part which meant that during the crime, the door of her room was open and how it is impossible that Rajesh and Nupur, who were in their room adjacent to her room, could not have heard sound of “the attack and screams.”
Singh also said that there was no forced entry into the Aarushi&’s room as it was already open.
Singh argued that the then Station Officer Data Ram Noneria of Noida Sector 20 police station had said that next morning after the crime, he went to Talwars’ home.
“Noneria noticed blood stains on terrace door&’s lock. When he asked Rajesh for its key, he said that there was no key of this lock and said don’t waste time in unlocking door, and searched Hemraj or he would escape,” the CBI lawyer said.
“Noneria had during his statement also told the court that on May 17, 2008 at around 10.45 am, Rajesh called up a police officer. This officer told him that Rajesh asked for a search on his terrace on phone thinking that murder weapon could be there.
“But, on May 16, Rajesh didn’t let Noneria unlock terrace door which creates suspicion about the role of Rajesh,” Singh added.
The CBI lawyer argued that on May 17, 2008, Noneria broke terrace lock and found a body lying there.
“Noneria asked Rajesh that did he recognise the body, but Rajesh said he didn’t know him (Hemraj). However, some persons present at the terrace told the police officer that he was Hemraj, the servant of Talwars. Such behaviour of Talwars’ also creates suspicion,” Singh said.