NEW DELHI

Noida double murder “pre-meditated”

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation hinted on Tuesday that the sensational double murder of young Aarushi Talwar and the family’s domestic help Hemraj in Noida last month could have been pre-meditated.

According to sources, investigations have revealed that the air-conditioners installed in the rooms of Aarushi and her parents had been “tampered with” apparently to ensure that noise from inside the house did not filter out. The agency has also lifted some fingerprints from the air-conditioners.

On Tuesday, Krishna -- the compounder of Aarushi’s father Dr. Rajesh Talwar -- was subjected to another round of polygraph test. He was put to the lie-detector test for the second time after the CBI came across certain inconstancies in his replies during the first test. The agency suspects that he has some valuable information about the case as he was close to both Dr. Talwar and Hemraj.

After the first polygraph test, five teams of CBI officials and forensic experts led by CBI Joint Director (Special Crime) Arun Kumar went to Dr. Talwar’s Sector 25 residence in Noida on Monday night.

The dentist’s brother Dinesh Talwar was also asked to join the investigations. The teams, which spent nearly two hours at the crime scene, tried to reconstruct the sequence of events leading up to the murders taking new facts into account. Another team quizzed Dr. Talwar’s wife Nupur at a different location.

In another development on Tuesday, the Ghaziabad Sessions court posted the date for hearing of Dr. Talwar’s bail application to June 26. Earlier in the day, the special CBI court observed that the Sessions court was competent to take up the bail application as the dentist had been charged with murder and destruction of evidence. Subsequently counsel for Dr. Talwar moved a fresh application before the District and Sessions Judge pleading for bail stating that he was innocent.

Counsel urged the court to release Dr. Talwar on bail on humanitarian grounds as he had lost his daughter. He also said that the dentist had not tried to destroy evidence and would not do so in future.