Aarushi: CBI was given edited video of narco-analysis

Footage of test held at B'luru lab surfaces on YouTube

Aarushi: CBI was given edited video of narco-analysis

In a new twist to Aarushi-Hemraj murder case, it has emerged that CBI does not have complete raw footage of narco-analysis conducted on Krishna, assistant of Rajesh Talwar, in its records.

A new video purportedly of the test conducted on Krishna has surfaced on YouTube which is 58.55-minute long. CBI sources claimed the agency, in its records, has only about 45 minutes of video of the test conducted on Krishna at Forensic Science Laboratory, Bangalore.

The narco tests were conducted on servants, including Krishna, by the first team of CBI under the then joint director Arun Kumar which suspected their involvement but could not produce any legally admissible evidence against them.

Dr S Malini, who did the test on Krishna, was removed from Forensic Science Laboratory Bangalore following allegations of irregularities in 2009.

The apparently raw footage of the tests which has emerged now shows Krishna claiming that Arun Kumar had asked him to own the crime on the promise of a reduced sentence. Kumar had said the “original” footage did not have that portion.

When asked what was the length of the video footage on the narco-test conducted on Krishna, which is part of CBI record, Kumar said he couldn’t recollect the duration of the video.

Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar have been convicted of murdering their 14-year old daughter Aarushi and their domestic servant Hemraj on the intervening night of May 15-16, 2008 and have been sentenced to serve life term.

The first team led of CBI led by Kumar had suspected that servants could have committed the crime, but the then Director CBI Ashwani Kumar did not agree with the findings because of lack of evidence.

The second team filed a closure report citing possible chain of events which might have taken place on the crime scene indicating role of Talwars but could not produce any forensic evidence suggesting involvement of the dentist couple.

The report was rejected by Magistrate Preeti Singh who said there was ample circumstantial evidence for Rajesh and Nupur Talwar to face murder charges in the case.

The decision was upheld by the Allahabad High Court and Supreme Court.

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