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CBI remand for help in Aarushi case

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Durranis’ domestic help Raj Kumar in CBI custody.

NEW DELHI: Raj Kumar, the domestic help of Rajesh Talwar’s family friends, the Durranis, was remanded to 14 days’ Central Bureau of Investigation custody by a special court in neighbouring Ghaziabad on Saturday to facilitate the recovery of evidence in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case.

In her order, Special Judicial Magistrate Sapna Mishra said Raj Kumar had told CBI that he could help recover the cell phones of Aarushi and Hemraj and also lead them to the “khukri” (a curved knife) used in the commission of the double murder.

According to the three-page order, the accused in his statement under Section 161 of the Criminal Procedure Code had confessed to having hidden the cell phones of Aarushi and Hemraj at a secret place after switching them off and also offered to help the agency in recovering them along with the “khukri”.

In its plea, the CBI said it needed the custody of Raj Kumar to recover the mobile phones of the victims, murder weapon, clothes and to establish the scientific veracity of Raj Kumar’s statements given to the agency during the course of investigation.

Raj Kumar was arrested by the CBI on Friday based on the findings of several scientific tests conducted on him over the past fortnight. Also, CBI Joint Director (Special Crime) Arun Kumar had said that a white T-shirt seized from Raj Kumar’s room was found to contain stains of human blood and was sent for advanced tests.

The court further directed the agency to take Raj Kumar to a government hospital for a medical check up and also allowed him to be accompanied by a lawyer at a safe distance during his custodial interrogation. In an official release, the agency said: “The CBI had requested 14 days’ police custody remand of Raj Kumar…He will now be produced before the court on July 11.” Dr. Talwar’s compounder Krishna was remanded to judicial custody till July 11 by the special court on Friday.

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