New Delhi: It's D-Day in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case. A special court will give its verdict today on the fate of the closure report filed by the CBI late last month. If the court does not accept the report, the case will be opened for re-investigation.
There are many questions still unanswered in the murder of 14-year-old Aarushi, made more intriguing by the CBI's allegation that her father Rajesh Talwar, a well-known dentist, is the prime suspect but that there is insufficient evidence to prove him guilty. Aarushi's parents have strongly opposed the CBI bid to close the case, saying they will now have the needle of suspicion forever hang on their heads. They had moved an application against the CBI move, which the special judge dismissed.
In court on Friday, before the hearing began, Aarushi's mother, Nupur Talwar, confronted a CBI inspector saying in Hindi, "You have to, one day, face and answer God. Why are you hiding your face?"
The CBI inspector replied, "We'll answer the court".
While appealing for closure, the CBI told the court that Rajesh Talwar could not be chargesheeted because of lack of evidence. The Talwars said they had been cursed for life. (Read: CBI condemned us for life, say Aarushi's parents)
The court, after taking cognisance of the report submitted by the CBI, had asked the investigating officer on January 3 to bring the case diary for examination. (Read: CBI gives up with closure report) | (Read: CBI's closure report in Aarushi case)
Aarushi and the Talwars' domestic help Hemraj were murdered on May 15, 2008, at their Noida house. In the investigation that followed, the role of the parents as well as that of three domestic helps was looked into.
The CBI had on December 29 last, filed its report seeking to end the probe and had cleared the names of the three domestic employees - Raj Kumar, Krishna and Vijay Mandal - in the case. (Read: Timeline of the case)