Ghaziabad: Aarushi murder case took a new turn on Saturday with Hemraj’s wife accusing Talwar couple of killing Hemraj. She asked a CBI court to record her statement in the double murder case of Aarushi and Hemraj.

The wife of Hemraj moved Ghaziabad court, trying the double murder case, and asked CBI’s special judicial magistrate Preeti Singh to record her statement about a purported conversation with her husband who had talked of "threat" to his life. She also accused Talwar couple of murdering Hemraj.

43-year-old Khumkala, a resident of Arghakhanchi district in Nepal, in her application before the Special CBI court, said none of the probe agencies had recorded her statement in the murder case and claimed she was privy to some information which Hemraj shared with her over phone barely 15 days before he was killed.

Accepting the plea, the court posted the matter for hearing till April 27.

"Hemraj used to call her (Khumkala) over the phone at a public booth close to her home in Nepal. Barely 15 days before he was murdered, Hemraj had called her to say that he was fearing for his life. He was getting threats," Naresh Yadav, counsel of Khumkala said.

In her application before the court, Khumkala alleged Hemraj had told her that his employers and Aarushi's parents Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are rich and short tempered and that he has not received his salary since December 2007.

She alleged Hemraj was frustated with the Talwars' behaviour and was trying to find a new job.

Khumkala also said Hemraj had told her that Rajesh Talwar was getting short-tempered, used to suspect him, and had even run to hit him once after getting drunk.

Hemraj's body was found on the terrace of the dentist couple's flat in Noida a day after 14-year old Aarushi was found murdered in her room in the same house on May 16, 2008.

JPN/Agencies