Didn’t mention Dinesh Talwar’s name to CBI: Vodafone official

The cross-examination of CBI witness Deepak Tomar, nodal officer for Vodafone, was conducted by the defence counsel in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case on Tuesday.

Tomar told the court that he had never mentioned Dr Dinesh Talwar to CBI investigators and did not know how the name appeared in his statement. Dinesh is Rajesh Talwar's brother.

Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are the accused in the double murder case. In court, Tomar said his company was asked for the call records of three phone numbers on July 7, 2008.

CBI officials had said the importance of this witness was to prove a chain of calls between Dr Sushil Chaudhary, ex-Noida police officer K K Gautam and Dinesh Talwar.

Earlier, in his statement to court, Gautam had said Dr Sushil Chaudhary had asked him to remove any mention of rape from Aarushi's post-mortem report.

Tomar told court, "It is wrong to say I mentioned K K Gautam's name at the insistence of the CBI. I do not know Dr Dinesh Talwar's phone number and I have not seen his call records. I had not mentioned his name to the investigators and I do not know why it is mentioned."

The defence asked Tomar if Vodafone had received the customer application forms for the numbers, whose call details were sought by the CBI. In response, Tomar said, "I do not remember if I saw the corresponding customer application forms and whether they were given to the CBI."

Defence counsel Tanveer Ahmed Mir said, "According to law, ownership of the mobile phones cannot be ascertained without placing their customer application forms on record."

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