Allahabad HC reserves order on Talwars’ plea to summon witnesses

The Allahabad High Court on Friday reserved its judgement on two applications filed by dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar who are under trial for allegedly killing their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.

Written by Express News Service | Published: May 18, 2013 3:40 am

Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court on Friday reserved its judgement on two applications filed by dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar who are under trial for allegedly killing their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.

The couple had sought the court’s intervention in directing the special CBI court in Ghaziabad to summon at least 14 prosecution witnesses,including investigating officers,who have been dropped by the CBI from its witness list.

Besides,an application was also filed to summon some of the private witnesses who gave statements contrary to the charges being pressed by the CBI.

A single-judge bench of Justice Rajesh Dayal Khare reserved judgment after hearing the arguments of both parties. Rebecca John,counsel for Talwars in the Allahabad High Court,said: “We were never adamant on getting the statement of the 14 witnesses,which included investigating officers,recorded first. But we want that those witnesses be summoned to the court for their statements and cross-examination. Some of the private persons too need to be cross-examined.”

John said it would have been better if the statements of the witnesses in question were recorded first.

CBI Counsel Anurag Khanna said: “Our submission before the court was that when the main investigating officer A B L Kaul has already appeared before the court,given a statement and been cross-examined,there was no ground for summoning previous IOs. Also,in case the defence wanted to summon some private witnesses,they could approach the court concerned.”

The court was further told that the CBI did not feel the need to include those private witnesses in their witness list,he added.

Earlier,after their applications were rejected by the sessions court in Ghaziabad,the Talwars had approached the Supreme Court. However,the Supreme Court asked them to approach the High Court.

Trial court starts with 188 questions for Rajesh Talwar

Ghaziabad: The recording of statements of dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar,who are being tried for the 2008 murder of their teenaged daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj,under Section 313 of the Code of Criminal Procedure,began at a sessions court in Ghaziabad on Friday. This comes two days after Additional Sessions Judge Shyam Lal rejected an application by the Talwars which had sought that hearings be adjourned for a week. The judge directed the couple to be present in court on Friday,failing which their bail would be cancelled and “they would only have themselves to blame”. Rajesh Talwar was asked 188 questions by the judge. The questions asked are based only on the examination of the prosecution witnesses,and not the cross-examination. Incidentally,Friday also marked five years to the day the body of Hemraj was discovered on the terrace of the Talwar residence,a day after Aarushi’s body was found in her room.

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