A day after dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were charged with the murder of their teenaged daughter Arushi and domestic help Hemraj,a Ghaziabad court ordered the start of trial from June 4.
On Friday,Special Judge Shyam Lal formally drafted the charges against the couple,read them out and asked the Talwars if they wished to plead guilty or not guilty.
Every charge under IPC section 302/24 (murder with common intent); section 201/34(destruction of evidence with common intent); and,section 201(giving false information with regard to an offence committed) which applies only to Rajesh was read out. To each,the Talwars said we will face trial.
The court rejected an application by the counsel of the Talwars to delay the start of trial by 15 days as they wanted time to approach the Allahabad High Court.
Manoj Sisodia,lawyer for the Talwars,said: We are aware of the Supreme Court directive to try the case expeditiously and have no intention of delaying the case. But we are yet to receive a certified copy of the order on the framing of charges. Once we get that,we may appeal the decision in the Allahabad High Court. This is why we asked the court for 15 days.
Judge Shyam Lal rejected the request and scheduled the trial to start within nine days. On June 4,the CBI will strat presenting evidence. There will be cross-examination by the Talwars lawyer. The defence will then be allowed to produce its evidence and the CBI will take up cross-examination.
Meanwhile,the bail plea of Rajesh could not be taken up in the Allahabad High Court on Friday. His bail plea is now likely to come up before the High Court in July. Hearing on the bail plea of Nupur continued for the fifth day and will again be heard on Monday.
CBI counsel Anurag Khanna said that Rajeshs bail plea was scheduled to come up before the single-judge bench of Justice B K Narayana. Since he was on leave,it was transferred to another judge,Justice Naheed Ara Moonis. It could not be taken up due to paucity of time. The judge has directed that the petition be listed in the next cause list. With vacations due to begin from June 1,the next hearing is likely only in July, Khanna said.