Bond keeps Aarushi murder suspects 'bonded' to CBI

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New Delhi, Oct 16 (UNI) The CBI, probing the May 16 Noida twin murder case involving a 14-year-old Delhi Public School student Aarushi, has tightened its grip over two 'prime suspects' it had released last month following court orders.

Amid speculation over the fate of the case after 'prime suspects' --Krishna and Rajkumar -- fled to their native place in Nepal despite investigations remaining inconclusive, a CBI official said both would be available ''as and when wanted''.

''We have got a bond signed by family members of both Krishna (compounder of Aarushi's father and renowned Noida dentist Dr Rajesh Talwar) and Rajkumar (servant of Talwars' family friends - Durranis), before releasing them,'' he added.

As per the bond, signed by their relatives/family members in Delhi, they would present themselves as and when required for investigation, said the official. 'Both are bound to be available by the agency, if it needs them for its probe into the twin murder,'' he said.

Stories that both having fled Noida (to Nepal) may be right, but legally they would have to appear before the CBI if required, the official added.

Experts, meanwhile, doubt the 'effectiveness' of the bond, saying bringing back the 'accused' from Nepal if not impossible would certainly be a Herculean task.

Rarely have criminals been brought here after having crossed the borders, they said, adding that if at all possible, it would be a lengthy process by which the steam of urgency into the case would be lost.

Krishna, nabbed on June 13, was freed from Dasna Jail on September 12, 90 days after his arrest, after the CBI failed to file any chargesheet in the sensational Aarushi-Hemraj murder case.

The same day, another special CBI judge Rama Jain gave bail to Raj Kumar though the 90-day period in his case would have ended on October 2.

Another domestic help, Vijay Mandal, had earlier been set free after the CBI admitted in court that it had no corroborative evidence to support its charges against him in the double murder.

While Krishna is a prime accused in the murder of Aarushi and her domestic help Hemraj on the intervening night of May 15-16, Rajkumar is another accused in the case.

The CBI had arrested both Rajkumar and Krishna on the basis of narco tests it conducted on them.

Though soon after their 'departure' for their home in Nepal, Krishna's lawyer Naresh Yadav had contended that their leaving India would not hamper any probe as they would ''always be available for investigation'', yet he had failed to reply how was this possible or what was the basis of his assertion since the accused had fled to a foreign country.

''The CBI has their addresses in Nepal. It is a big agency and whenever they are needed CBI can contact both. In case they are not able to, they can ask me and I will bring them here,'' is all what he had said then.

The double murder drew the nation's attention after the police arrested victim Aarushi's father Rajesh Talwar in connection with the crime.

The CBI had later released him after it did not found any evidence against him, days after the case was transfered to it on June 1.

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