Ghaziabad, May 21: A trial court here has adjourned till Tuesday the hearing in the 2008 twin murders of teenager Aarushi Talwar and her family’s domestic help, Hemraj.
While the Central Bureau of Investigation opposed the defence plea for 15 day’s time to inspect the papers submitted by the probe agency, special CBI judge S. lal granted a day’s time and adjourned the hearing till Tuesday.
Aarushi’s parents, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, are being tried for the twin murders.
Satyaketu Singh, counsel for Rajesh Talwar, submitted that it was his first appearance before the court and he had not been able to properly inspect the papers. Moreover, he claimed, the papers submitted by the CBI were deficient.
In view of this, the defence needed at least 15 days time to prepare itself, he submitted. But the court granted him only one day’s time.
Nupur’s lawyer, Vijay Pal Singh Rathi, also said the CBI had not provided them relevant documents.
On May 16, the court had deferred the hearing till Monday to allow the CBI to provide documents to Aarushi’s parents.
The sessions court started the trial May 11, almost four years after the crime.
Also on May 16, the Supreme Court had reserved its verdict on Nupur Talwar’s petition seeking review of its Jan 6 order directing her and Rajesh Talwar to stand trial for the twin murders.
An apex court bench of Justice A.K. Patnaik and Justice J.S. Khehar had reserved the verdict on the conclusion of arguments by senior counsel Pinaki Misra, appearing for Nupur Talwar.
Misra assailed a Ghaziabad magistrate court’s order that rejected the closure report filed by the CBI in the double murder and took cognizance of the offence against the Talwars.
The CBI filed its closure report in December 2010 before the magistrate’s court in Ghaziabad.
The Talwars are facing charges of murder, conspiracy and destruction of evidence.
Aarushi, 14, was found murdered at her parents’ Noida residence May 16, 2008. The body of her family’s domestic help Hemraj was found the next day on the terrace of the house.