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Moily discusses Aarushi case with CBI director

By Onkar Singh
December 31, 2010 16:22 IST
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Law Minister M Veerappa Moily on Friday met Central Bureau of Investigation's Director A P Singh to discuss the possibilities of making 'further progress' in the Aarushi Talwar murder case, two days after the agency filed a closure report in a Ghaziabad court.

"I had invited the CBI director for a thorough discussion on the Aarushi Talwar murder case. The question is whether it is a fit case for closure or can further progress be made," said Moily after the meeting.

Refusing to elaborate on the various options available before the agency, Moily said he discussed the various legal parameters involved in the matter.

"Let us see how we go forward," he said.

Moily defended the CBI investigation into the matter and said that nobody can question the way the agency probed it.

"They have done a thorough job with utmost sincerity," he said.

The CBI had on Wednesday filed a closure report in the Aarushi murder case before a court on the grounds there was no available evidence at the crime scene to pursue the probe, meeting a dead-end in the case that shook the country over two years ago.

The agency said it found it impossible to reach any plausible conclusion because of the lack of concrete forensic evidence at the crime scene to nail the culprits and decided to close the case.

Moily had earlier reacted strongly to the closure of the case, saying, "I would have to do something to ensure such developments do not take place in the future. It is a clear case of murder and the culprits have to be brought to justice".

Aarushi was found murdered in her Noida home on May 15, 2008. She was found with her throat slit and several stab wounds to her face. The family's domestic help Hemraj was also found dead on the rooftop.

In June 2008, the CBI arrested three men, including Krishna, a helper at Dr Talwar's dental clinic, for Aarushi's murder. The other two men worked as domestic helpers in the Talwars' neighbourhood.

However, three months later, all three men were granted bail when the CBI admitted that it had no hard evidence against them.

With inputs from PTI

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