Wrong-footed CBI undecided on appeal
had set up a team under Joint Director Arun Kumar who led the murder investigation. Over the following weeks, the team had found the needle of suspicion not pointing at the Talwars, but at Krishna — Rajesh Talwar’s compounder — along with Raj Kumar and Vijay Mandal, servants of friends of the Talwars.
Kumar claimed the agency has solved the case on the basis of ‘scientific evidence’ — primarily narco-analysis test reports, and arrested three men — Krishna, Raj Kumar and Vijay Mandal. The investigative agency, however, failed to chargesheet the accused, which resulted in their discharge.
Thereafter then CBI director Ashwani Kumar saw that the CBI team was unable to reach any conclusion, and the case was in a mess. So Ashwani formed a new team led by joint director Javed Ahmed. The team comprised of Additional superintendent of police AGL Kaul and superintendent of police Neelabh Kishore.
It was Kaul who conduct- ed an extensive probe and found that crucial linking evidence was missing despite the Talwar couple being the prime suspect. He submitted the Closure Report before a special judge on January 3, 2011. Kaul knew if he chargesheeted the Talwars, the onus to prove them guilty rested with the CBI. He however, turned the tables on Talwars with the report, as then the Talwars were supposed to prove their innocence. The judge of a CBI court took cognisance of the report and directed the agency to frame charges of murder and destruction of evidence against the Talwars.
When Kaul filed the report, the CBI director was AP Singh. Singh defended his team and said the Talwars are not innocent. “The court has not said they are innocent, it has said it is giving them the benefit of the doubt.”
He, however, also admitted the loopholes in the case. “One of the big loopholes in the investigation was that Hemraj’s blood was never found in the room,” he said.