Talwari and the CBI

The Story, The Murder

On the morning of May 16, 2008, Aarushi Talwar (May 24, 1993 - May 15, 200, the 14-year-old daughter of a successful dentist couple, was found dead with her throat slit in her parents'home at Jalvayu Vihar in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Suspicion immediately fell on the family's live-in man-servant, Yam Prasad Banjade alias Hemraj, a 45-yr-old Nepalese national, who was found missing from the home. Immediately declaring Hemraj as the prime suspect, the Noida police announced a reward for information leading to Hemraj's apprehension and arrest. In addition, a police party was dispatched to his hometown in Nepal, in hopes of apprehending him there.

A post-mortem was conducted on Aarushi's body on May 17, 2008, after which it was cremated. Her parents took her ashes to the holy city of Haridwar for immersion in the waters of the Ganges. A retired Noida police officer, accompanying a relative of the Talwars, happened to visit the Talwars' home to express his condolences, and during his visit, detected blood stains on the stairs leading to the terrace of the flat. Following the trail of blood, Noida police detected the dead body of the missing domestic help, Hemraj, on the terrace. After a disorganised, long-drawn and completely bungled up investigation, the police finally arrested Dr. Rajesh Talwar, the father of the deceased girl, on May 23, 2008, charging him with having committed the double murder. His wife, Dr. Nupur Talwar, stoutly defended her husband, accused the Noida police of framing him, and requested Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati to transfer the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The Central Bureau of Investigation took over the investigation into the murders of Aarushi and Hemraj on June 1, 2008, forming a 25-member team in a resolute attempt to crack the case. As soon as CBI moved in to take over the case, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati promptly gave transfer orders to senior police officers that comprised part of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that had previously been in charge of the investigation, including the Noida Senior Superintendent of Police, Satish Ganesh, and Meerut Inspector General, Gurdarshan Singh. In addition, the deputation of CBI officer Arun Kumar, formerly a member of the Uttar Pradesh Police, who was in charge of the investigation also ended in July, 2008.


The Investigation and The CBI:


CBI investigators charged the Noida police with a shoddy investigation, which, it claimed, had resulted in the destruction of 90% of the evidence on the crime scene.
Aside from not capturing the finger prints on the whisky bottles in Hemraj's room, the police allowed the media to freely roam the crime scene rather than preventing access to the flat.
In addition, the police allowed doctors, not specifically trained in forensic pathology, to conduct the autopsies of Hemraj and Aarushi. While it is established procedure to lift fingerprints (of both murderers and victims) from the skin of the victims.[8] the doctors entrusted with the autopsies neglected to call forensic scientists to lift said fingerprints from the cadavers. On August 11, 2008, the CBI reported that it had evidence pointing to the presence of a fifth person in the house at the time of the murders, as finger prints not matching any of the suspects or occupants of the house were found on the whisky bottles. Arushi Talwar was murdered, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which took over the case a fortnight ago, isn’t the only one questioning the investigation of the Noida police.
Now experts at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), who are working closely with the CBI, have raised questions over one entry in Arushi’s post mortem report.
The report, dated May 16 and prepared by Sunil Dore for the Noida police, mentions “whitish discharge” from the vagina which AIIMS doctors say wasn’t investigated. They have raised this issue with the CBI.
“It is the duty of the doctors and the investigating officer to collect all biological evidence. As per law, it is mandatory to write about it in the post mortem report which is legal evidence. But in this case no further investigation was done on the evidence that they got from natural orifices,” Sudhir Gupta, associate professor, forensic medicine, AIIMS, told The Indian Express. Gupta is one of the doctors in the team scrutinising the post mortem report.
The post mortem report says that various organs including stomach with contents, samples from small intestine, gall bladder, spleen and one kidney were preserved, sealed and sent for examination to rule out poisoning.
“However, the report doesn’t mention whether a vaginal swab was sent for further investigation,” said Gupta. “The whitish discharge could be attributed to several causes, from a fungal infection, common at this age, to even sexual assault. But in a murder case, this was a serious biological finding which required deliberation. No such type of biological evidence was collected and sealed by the doctor who prepared the autopsy,” he added.


After All This???

And now in December 2010 almost 2 years since the beginning of the investigation, the CBI declares the case to be closed owing to lack of proper evidence to nail someone.
Is this the price a person pays for killing a life???
Is this how the judiciary system functions in India???
Is this the way the Central Beaurau of Investigation responds???
I feel ashamed to know all these and am sure every Indian would feel the same.

J Gowrishankar, director of the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting & Diagnostics, "I would say it is one of the factors. When one looks back there were several points. First there was one agency investigating the case, then it was another and the chain of custody was clearly broken and that in itself is an indication that vested interests were involved,"

It all comes upon the corrupt and inefficient government functioning in India and every states of  India. I am still very sure that things will change in the coming future...!!

Hope is what my only hope. Let the soul of that poor sweet girl rest in peace and the similar several young souls died before they could have seen their true life.....!!!!!!!!!!!!

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