Talwars’ friends and family raise pitch online

At a time when dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are being tried in a Ghaziabad court for the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, their family and friends are raising the pitch online against investigating authorities, asking people to sign a new petition addressed to the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

The petition, which alleges "mishandling" of the case by the UP Police and highlights what it calls the "malafide intentions" of the CBI, has been uploaded on the online petition platform change.org and has 2,397 supporters so far.

Aarushi, the 14-year-old daughter of the Talwars, was found murdered on May 16, 2008 at the family home in Noida. The body of Hemraj was discovered on the terrace of the house a day later.

The petition, which is addressed to Minister of State V Narayanasamy as well as the President, Prime Minister, CBI Director and other officials concerned, is titled "Justice for Aarushi and Hemraj".

"The UP police mishandled the case as they lacked professional expertise essential for getting evidence on the spot. To cover up their inept handling, they fabricated a baseless and make-believe story, implicating the parents," the petition alleges.

It goes on to slam the second CBI team constituted to investigate the case. "The 1st team, after a thorough and scientific investigation, rejected the fabricated story as they had strong evidence to nail the servants. However, for reasons best known to CBI, the team was replaced when they were about to complete the investigation. The new team ignored the findings of the 1st team and went back to the UP police theory, implicating the parents through manipulation, in the absence of evidence. We appeal to save the innocent parents from this unfortunate situation," the petition states.

Started by Shiba Mehra, a friend of the Talwars who resides in San Jose in the United States, the link has a July 2008 video on the home page which shows the then CBI Joint Director stating that no sound could be heard in the room of Aarushi's parents once both doors were shut and the air conditioners switched on during a sound reconstruction test. In the video, the official claimed that Krishna had admitted to the crime in various polygraph and narco analysis tests. An employee of Rajesh Talwar, Krishna was arrested but later let off.

Asked about the petition, Vandana Talwar, Aarushi's aunt, said, "The petition raises serious questions on the need to monitor and ensure transparency in the functioning of the agencies which are normally supposed to uphold the law. If these agencies are allowed to harass the innocent and let the guilty get away, whom can an ordinary law-abiding citizen turn to for justice?"

Raheel Khursheed, Director, Communications at change.org, said, "The website is an open platform for anyone with a cause. The petition is just the first step. Once the petition reaches the set target of signatories which in this case has been set at 5,000 by the petitioners, we can help by forwarding it to the addressee if asked for."

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