Canít trace four witnesses in Aarushi case, CBI tells court

The CBI on Friday failed to produce any prosecution witness in the Ghaziabad court where dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are being tried for the 2008 murder of their teenaged daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj. The CBI told the court that four witnesses, for whom summons had been obtained, could not be traced.

The CBI, which earlier failed to trace Bimla Sarkar and Chandra Bhushan, said there was no sign of Sanjay Singh and Sanjay Thakur as well.

While Bimla Sarkar worked as a maid at the Jalvayu Vihar house of the Talwars, Sanjay Singh and Chandra Bhushan were guards in the colony. Sanjay Thakur, an employee of Rajesh Talwar, was present when Rajesh Talwar handed over his golf set to the CBI, the agency claimed.

According to the CBI, injuries on the bodies of Aarushi and Hemraj matched the contours of a golf club.

Of the 13 material witnesses who the CBI was to examine, five are still to be questioned. While four cannot be traced, Kalpana Mandal, also a maid at the house of the Talwars, had gone on leave when the killings took place in May, 2008. She was not questioned despite being produced in court. The CBI said she had stopped supporting the prosecution case. Another witness, Umesh Sharma, the driver of the Talwars, was declared hostile in court.

At the next hearing on September 25, the process of bail for Nupur Talwar is set to begin. Her lawyers hope to see her out on bail either the same evening or the next morning. She has been in custody since April 30 this year.

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