By Avirook Sen
One of the intriguing questions about the Aarushi-Hemraj murders is this: if the teenager and servant were murdered in the same room by angry parents who saw them in a "compromising position", as the CBI has repeatedly claimed, how is it that none of Hemraj's blood was ever found in Aarushi's bedroom?
Last year, the CBI tried to mislead the Ghaziabad court where Aarushi's parents are being tried for the two murders, but the attempt was so blatant it was exposed in court by evidence the agency itself placed on record. On that occasion, the CBI counsel tried to tell the court that Hemraj's pillow cover, with traces of his blood on it, was seized from Aarushi's room. He may or may not have been aware that the item itself carried a tag with details of its recovery: it was seized from Hemraj's room in the Talwars' flat, it hadn't traveled to the teenager's bedroom.
Once this failed, the agency went back to the old strategy: the Talwars cleaned the flat thoroughly, removing all traces of Hemraj's blood. This is why it doesn't show up in any forensic report on samples collected from Aarushi's room.