CBI dictated my statement: Aarushi case witness


Ghaziabad: CBI witness and slain teenager Aarushi Talwar’s part-time maid told a special court here Tuesday that whatever was recorded in her statement was dictated to her by the probe agency.

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Bharti Mandal, during her cross-examination before Special Judge S. Lal, said that she had never appeared before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to get her statement recorded.

Following the witness’ remarks, the probe agency’s counsel took the maid outside the court for a few minutes.

The defence lodged a complaint over this and the court took a serious view on matter and reprimanded the CBI.

Defence counsel Manoj Shishodia said several contradictions had surfaced during the maid’s cross-examination.

The CBI submitted her three statements – recorded in 2008 – but she said that her statement in court was the first ever given by her.

She claimed once she spoke before a video camera which she did not know belonged to media or the probe agency.

The defence claimed that the CBI mentioned the name of the maid’s husband differently at three places in the case documents.

Shishodia said her husband was identified at three places as Vishnu Mandal, Bhim Mandal and Vishu Mandal.

After Bharti Mandal’s statement, the court adjourned the hearing till Wednesday.

Aarushi, 14, was found murdered at her parents’ Noida residence May 16, 2008. The body of her domestic help Hemraj was found the next day on the terrace of the house.

Aarushi’s parents are accused in the double-murder.

Her mother Nupur Talwar was taken into custody April 30 and she challenged in the apex court the May 31 Allahabad High Court order rejecting her bail plea. She is lodged in Dasna jail in Ghaziabad. Aarushi’s father Rajesh Talwar is out on bail.