CFSL expert 'forgets' Aarushi case details

A forensic expert told a special court here on Tuesday that he did not remember the number of times he visited the crime spot of the 2008 Aarushi-Hemraj double-murder case, according to a lawyer.

Central Forensic Science Laboratory scientist B K Mahapatra, during his cross-examination, said he did not remember the name of the leader of their team that visited the crime spot or the number of members in the team, said defence lawyer Manoj Shishodia.

The cross-examination of the scientist was held for the sixth day before Central Bureau of Investigation special judge S Lal, who adjourned the proceedings till Wednesday, the lawyer said.

The CBI submitted that Mahapatra along with other 12 team members visited the crime spot three times on June 1, June 16 and September 23, 2008. On September 23, Mahapatra was specifically sent to lift blood samples from Hemraj’s room, the CBI said.

Shishodia claimed Mahapatra could not reply to the defence questions as to which was Hemraj’s room.

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