Having failed to crack the sensational Aarushi Talwar-Hemraj murder case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday filed a closure report in a Ghaziabad special court pleading insufficient evidence.

The CBI was entrusted with the investigation in June 2008. “After completing the investigation, the agency has filed a final report in the court for closure of the case on grounds of insufficient evidence. In the final report, all the evidence that was available and could be gathered during the probe and the gaps in evidence have been detailed,” a CBI spokesperson said, adding that since the matter was sub-judice the agency would comply with the court orders.

Aarushi, the 14-year-old daughter of dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, was found murdered under mysterious circumstances at their Jalwayu Vihar residence in Noida on May 16, 2008. The mystery deepened after the body of their domestic help, Hemraj, earlier suspected to have murdered the teenager, was found on the terrace the next day.

The Uttar Pradesh police arrested Aarushi's father Rajesh Talwar for his alleged involvement. However, the case was transferred to the CBI on June 1, 2008, following a huge public outcry. Dr. Talwar was subjected to a lie-detector test. The agency virtually gave him a clean chit and arrested his servant Krishna, Rajkumar, the domestic help of the Talwars' family friend Durranis, and Vijay Mandal, domestic help of their neighbours.

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