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|arushi case: Vijay Mandal granted bail|
New Delhi, Sept 04: In what has come as a shocker to the CBI, the Ghaziabad Court on Thursday granted bail to Vijay Mandal, one of the co-accused in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case, citing lack of sufficient evidence.
The bail has been granted against a bail bond of RS 25,000.
The CBI had opposed the bail plea of Vijay Mandal, Krishna and Raj Kumar, the three suspects in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case arguing that they might abscond if they get bail.
CBI said that it is still investigating the case while claiming that it has evidence to prove the trio's involvement. However, it said that those evidence would be revealed only after the narco and brain mapping reports come.
This disclosure is significant, as the CBI has to file the chargesheet within 90 days, i.e. by 10th September. But, it seems they still do not have enough evidence against the three accused.
As evidence in the murder case continues to haunt CBI, reports suggest that the agency may not be able to file its chargesheet by the September 10. The CBI had earlier claimed to have cracked the case on the basis of scientific tests of the accused but they are yet to get some corroborative evidence. CBI has even failed to trace the mobile phone of Arushi and the murder weapon.
Aarushi was found dead in her bedroom on May 16. The UP police initially blamed domestic help Hemraj but later backed away after his body was found a day later on the terrace of the flat.
Later, the police arrested Aarushi's father Rajesh Talwar. The case was then handed over to the CBI, which did not find evidence against Talwar, leading to his release in July.
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|Aarushi case: Talwars disappointed at CBI's failure|
New Delhi, Sept 09: The family of Aarushi, one of the victims in the Noida double murder case, today said they were "disappointed" over CBI's inability to file a chargesheet in the sensational case and fear over the prospect of the two accused coming out on bail.
"We were pretty hopeful that the CBI would be able to file a chargesheet on time and we would get to know what happened that day," Aarushi's father Rajesh Talwar said.
Talwar, who was initially arrested by the Noida police as an accused in the murder of his teenaged daughter and domestic help Hemraj before being given a clean chit by the CBI, said he still had faith in the investigating agency. "We still have faith in the CBI and I think they will help us and Aarushi to get some justice in the case," he said.
Talwar's wife Nupur was, however, more vocal about her disappointment over CBI's decision to delay filing a chargesheet that may enable both Krishna and Rajkumar in custody to get bail.
"It did give us a lot of hope. CBI is a premier probe agency and I had lot of faith that they would be able to nab the culprits but from today's statement, it appears that they have not reached far," Nupur told media.
She said it was important for the family to know what happened that day.
"The only hope I have now is that CBI would be able to tell us what happened and we would start picking up pieces of our lives," Nupur said.
Earlier speaking to media, Vandana Talwar, Aarushi's aunt, said the family was disappointed over the development.
"We were really hoping but this news has come as an disappointment. We thought that at least one chapter of the case would close but now we have realised that it is still open," Vandana said.
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New Delhi: Conceding its failure to investigate the murders of teenager Aarushi Talwar and her family help Hemraj, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday said it was not charging anybody with the sensational crime and announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for clues leading to evidence.
Almost four months after Aarushi was found murdered in her Noida home on May 16 - Hemraj's body was found a day later - the CBI said it would not file a chargesheet in the case anytime soon and would not oppose bail for the accused.
The investigating agency was to submit its chargesheet before September 10, to meet the 90-day deadline since the first arrest in the case - that of Aarushi's father Rajesh Talwar on May 23. "The investigation in the case would continue…. Section 167 CrPC gives right to every person in custody to be released on bail if no chargesheet is filed against him within 90 days of his custody," DIG of Police Neeraja Gotru said.
Gotru just fell short of saying that the agency had no material evidence to press charges against Krishna, medical assistant of Aarushi's dentist father Rajesh Talwar, and Rajkumar, the domestic help of the Talwars' family friends. The third accused in the case, Vijay Mandal, who also worked as a domestic help in the Noida neighbourhood of the Talwars, was granted bail by a CBI court in Ghaziabad last week.
Murder weapons remain untraced
The CBI, which has been unable to trace the murder weapon and the mobile phones of Aarushi and Hemraj, has now declared a reward of Rs 1 lakh for anybody helping find them. "An award of Rs 1 lakh is announced to anyone giving further clue in this case, leading to recovery of the weapon of offence or mobile phones," Kotru said.
Nepal links being investigated
The investigating agency is also probing the Nepal links of the accused to get to crucial evidence. "A letters rogatory, a letter of request, is being sent to Nepal, seeking assistance in locating some witnesses and mobile phones of the deceased," Kotru added.
The CBI, which took over the case on May 31 this year, has accused Krishna, Rajkumar and Vijay Mandal in the double murders on the basis of narco-analysis tests - the only basis of the CBI's probe that is not admissible as evidence in court.
On Tuesday, a special CBI court in Ghaziabad rejected the bail plea of Raj Kumar. Krishna's bail plea has been deferred to September 19 by the court.
Who killed aarushi, hemraj?
Fifteen-year-old Aarushi (left) was found murdered in her Noida home on May 16. The Noida police initially blamed family help Hemraj (right) but backtracked after his body was found a day later on the terrace of the apartment. Aarushi's dentist father was then named the prime suspect and arrested, but let off for lack of evidence
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| I just want Aarushi to get justice: Rajesh Talwar|
11 Sep 2008, 0000 hrs IST, Rustam Roy,TIMESOFINDIA.COM
He has always been a quiet person, but after his daughter's murder and the trauma that followed, Dr Rajesh Talwar has become very withdrawn. It was not easy to speak with him. Rustam Roy of timesofindia.com could meet him after a lot of persuasion. Rajesh Talwar called in his wife, Nupur , as the interview started - his first to any newspaper. Excerpts:
Q : After the CBI said it hasn't found any evidence , where do you think the case is headed?
Rajesh : The CBI has been doing their investigation and they will find out something.
Q : But are you bitter they haven't as yet?
Rajesh : Sometimes these things take time. We just have to be patient. What else can do?
Q : Do you feel there is no justice for Aarushi ?
Rajesh : Well, at the moment it looks like that, but I am sure we will get justice.
Q : What makes you believe you will get justice when for three months the case has gone nowhere?
Rajesh : You see they didn't have anything to begin with. Right now they are doing whatever they can, they know who the people are so they are just trying to get evidence and we hope they will get it.
Q : If Krishna is allowed to go free, what would be your next step?
Rajesh : You tell me what can the next step be? What am I supposed to do? I am not the CBI. I am not the police...I am not anything. I am just a victim. The person who is guilty should not go free, that's all I can say. I am nobody. So my next step has no meaning actually. The court has to decide. How can I tell the court to take a decision in my favour? I can only say Aarushi should get justice.
Q : The CBI had made tall claims that it had got the case stitched up. Now they say they have nothing. Do you think they are playing games?
Rajesh : See I don't know anything. I don't understand whether it's a game. May be it was a game for someone else but for us this is not a game. I just want to know who the persons are and they should be caught. It won't get Aarushi back but that's what we want.
Q : When you were in prison it was almost as if everyone had forgotten Aarushi, The focus was on you. What was she like?
Rajesh : (choking) I find it difficult to talk about her like this...she was our life, whatever we were doing, we were doing for her...she used to love us a lot...we were a normal, happy family. She was an extraordinary girl, she had lots of ambitions, lots of hopes.
Q : How are you coping with the loss? Has the passage of time helped?
Rajesh : No, it does not get better with passage of time...it just becomes worse.
Q : What kept you going in prison?
Rajesh : You just keep going...what are you supposed to do? If you are in such a situation what can you do? You can't do anything...you pray, you become more spiritual. Nothing can be done; it's a completely helpless feeling. For us everything is over. Aarushi was our life...we were doing everything for her...
Q : Were you a spiritual person before?
Rajesh : I was. But this has made me more spiritual because you need that support and strength from somewhere. No human being can give you that support. The family has been with us but you know the loss is ultimately of the parents. Parents are the ones who are close...it was our life...just have to carry on.
Q : The circumstances in which you were taken to jail, it was so confusing...what was going through your mind?
Rajesh : I just shut my mind to everything. It was unreal for me, like it wasn't happening to me. I thought it would stop now. How can anyone believe such a thing? It was difficult, no doubt. Any self respecting person pushed into that kind of situation wouldn't have a choice...just that how people can do this to each other I don't understand.
Rajesh : I don't want to think about it all that. I just want Aarushi to get justice, nothing else matters.
Q : Do you think the CBI is on the right track?
Rajesh : Yes, I think so.
Q : What made the UP police become so hostile towards you?
Rajesh : I really don't know... whether it was the media ... I just can't say. If I thought the police would question our integrity I would have definitely spoken out. That is the most difficult thing - when everyone knows it's a difficult situation, and yet people want to take advantage of the situation... that is the worst part. It could be lack of education.
Nupur : It was perhaps lack of sensibility, of sensitivity, people are ready to digest everything without giving it a thought.
Q : Are you very angry with the media? It's role...
Rajesh : That is for you to decide. I mean what wrong have I done? It's not just an apology that matters. It's like I am a doctor and I kill a patient and then say sorry... would you be satisfied with the explanation? That is what an apology means to us at the moment. I don't think anybody can do anything about it...you know I really don't care now. My daughter meant everything to me, she is not there now. I don't know whether I can get my life back. It is very easy to bring someone down but you must have the power to bring him up also. Of course, the media did good things also that we got the premier investigating agency to look into the case, but at the same time, it was also very bad.
Nupur : See the media has gone back and forth. They need to come with the right answers instead of just swaying. Once something is said on TV channels or in print it is like a seed planted there. Everywhere in the media it was there that Aarushi wasn't our biological daughter. People still ask me about it. How am I supposed to explain?
Q : Nupur, how did you manage? There was your husband in jail and Aarushi's death to cope with.
Nupur : It was about both of them... my only child was gone in such a manner... it was unbearable for me. Rajesh said I was in a kind of unreal situation for 50 days. I would just mechanically get up, eat and sleep. I used to think whether it was real or would I have to pinch myself to wake up? I cried for Aarushi all the time but my back was against the wall. It was the day Rajesh came back that I started crying much more for Aarushi... her memories are there, she is everywhere...Aarushi and me use to go to the malls but now I don't go there now. I hope there is justice for us, if the system doesn't give us justice, it would be the worst nightmare anyone can go through.
Q : And then Fortis said it didn't want you. What happened there?
Rajesh : When I read it in the paper I was in custody at that time, I thought there was a mistake. It is disturbing. We did so much for them, we brought up (the dental department) from scratch, people were coming in, income was growing. They never gave us a thought; anyone can go through a tragedy anytime... our name was removed from the board. There were no complaints against us. I asked them but they had no answer.
Nupur : I think they owed us some kind of thought at least. We expected them to stand by us. We spoke to them but nothing came of it. They agreed that they had jumped the gun but nothing came of it. Then they are just like anyone else.
Q : What kind of relationship did you have with Krishna ? You had ticked him off...
Rajesh : That was the first time and it wasn't harsh, that was about it.
Q : You knew it put him off?
Rajesh : You know human beings are unpredictable, I don't know what happened, I really can't say...
Q : Were they friendly with Aarushi?
Nupur : They knew Aarushi since Hemraj and Krishna worked in the clinic beyond that we really don't know.
Q : If they let him off, do you think there will be threat to your life?
Rajesh : I don't know. I can't do anything with that, I have to live with it.
Q : The whole situation has left you bitter...
Rajesh : It would leave anyone bitter. I don't know how other societies work but this is the way our system works. In our system I think everyone know the best way (to deal with the system) is not be involved with it. If by some bad luck you get involved everyone knows you are in trouble. I never had a challan in my life, we never thought this would happen...
Q : One last question - what was your last exchange with Aarushi?
Rajesh : I gave her a gift, a camera. She was posing in front of the camera.
Nupur : She took pictures of ours, next day was school so we just packed up, she kept the camera on the bedside and went to sleep. The Sunday before that we had gone to get a camera for her, she saw it and then said it is too expensive... so don't buy this. She settled for a lesser camera. We came home and Rajesh said I can make out she liked the other one. So we got that one for her... she was jumping up and down in bed with joy...
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