Twists and turns in the Aarushi murder case

The verdict came after several dramatic twists and turns and different versions by probe teams about the crime and its culprits.

NEW DELHI: Days after the killings, then Meerut zone IG Gurdarshan Singh had reportedly said Aarushi was killed because she had objected her father’s extra-marital relationship with fellow dentist.

He had also suggested that the teenager could have been killed because the father, Rajesh Talwar, did not like her close relationship with Hemraj. Later, the police officer was shunted out by the state government.

The verdict in the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder has confirmed the initial theory of the UP Police that the Talwar couple killed their daughter and domestic help.

The CBI court on Monday upheld what the UP police suspected five-and-a-half years ago, but the verdict came after several dramatic twists and turns and different versions by probe teams about the crime and its culprits.

The first suspicion of the UP police based on the information provided by the Talwars was that Hemraj killed Aarushi and fled. A big twist came in the case when Hemraj’s blood-soaked body was found on the terrace of Talwars’ residence. Here onwards, the state police began probing the role of the parents in the murders.

A week into the probe of the twin murders, the UP police on May 23 arrested Rajesh and said in a press conference in Noida that the latter had confessed to his crime. The police explained the sequence of events and hinted at honour killing as the reason behind the twin murders.

However, the UP police drew flak for stating that Aarushi was found in an “objectionable position” with Hemraj.

The case was soon transferred to CBI which began its investigation on June 1, 2008. After a month’s probe, the CBI made revelation that turned the case around. In a press conference at CBI headquarters on July 11, 2008 then joint director in CBI Arun Kumar said there was no evidence against the Talwars.

Instead the agency arrested Raj Kumar, Krishna and Vijay Mandal, three domestic helps who knew the Talwar family. The theory the CBI worked upon was that the three men tried to assault Aarushi and when Hemraj intervened they killed them both.

The agency at one point was considering filing a chargesheet against the three but with top officers expressing reservations on the findings it was put on hold. This is when a new team under Superintendent of Police Nilabh Kishore took over and the Investigating Officer Additional Superintendent of Police AGL Kaul once again started probing the role of the Talwars.

After conducting Narco analysis and polygraph tests and grilling the Talwars, the agency believed it still did not have enough evidence to prove their case against Tawlars beyond doubt. Under the leadership of former CBI director AP Singh, it was decided that the agency will file a final report, recommending closure of the case. Indeed, the agency filed a closure report in CBI special court in Ghaziabad on December 29, 2010. The court rejected CBI’s recommendation of closing the case and ordered trial of the Talwars on the basis of CBI findings on their role.