In Talwar golf set, 2 sticks thoroughly cleaned, visibly distinct: CBI to court
Trying to zero-in on the murder weapon in the Arushi-Hemraj case, the CBI spent considerable time scrutinising two golf sticks which "appeared to have been thoroughly cleaned... visibly distinct from the other golf sticks of the set" that was handed over to investigators by Arushi's father Dr Rajesh Talwar.
In its case closure report — the designated court in Ghaziabad is still to take cognisance of it — the CBI described Rajesh Talwar as the "accused" in the murder case — the only one to be so called — but said he was "not chargesheeted due to insufficient evidence".
The CBI report stated that "the dimensions of the striking surface of the golf club bearing No. 5 were identical to the dimensions of the injury... Golf sticks bearing No. 3 & 5 appeared to have been thoroughly cleaned so much so that they were visibly distinct from the other golf sticks of the set".
The golf set, the report stated, was subjected to a Test Identification Parade and Umesh, driver of Rajesh Talwar's car, "identified golf stick No. 4 and 5 as the golf sticks which were kept by him in the room of Hemraj."
According to the report, Talwar's Santro car had to go for servicing and Umesh had taken out two golf sticks and kept them in the room of Hemraj. "...the driver had taken out both the golf sticks and had kept them in the room of Hemraj. In the photographs of room of Hemraj, taken by CFSL on 01.06.08, only one golf stick is visible, and the other one was found missing," the report stated. When Talwar was asked about the missing golf stick, the CBI said he was "unable to explain" while in police remand with them.
Talwar handed over his golf set comprising three wooden clubs and seven iron clubs, one iron club marked 'P' and one iron putter. "On being asked to reconcile the earlier missing golf stick with production of complete golf set, Dr Rajesh Talwar informed that his cousin Ajay Chadda and his wife Dr Nupur had found one golf stick in the loft of their residence when the loft was being cleaned around a year after the incident," the report stated.