A special CBI court on Friday reserved for May 14 its order on the plea of dentist couple Nupur and Rajesh Talwar,facing prosecution in the twin murder case of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.
The court of Additional District and Session Judge Shayam Lal,also designated as CBI special court,fixed May 14 for a formal order on Talwars’ plea as their counsel,on the first day after the case was committed for the sessions trial,complained that they have not been given all CBI documents.
Responding to the Talwars’ plea,CBI counsel R K Saini told the court that the agency has provided all the relevant documents to them and has withheld only those on which it is not relying for their prosecution.
The judge first orally asked the CBI to give all documents to Talwars for the sake of justice. He,however,fixed May 14,the next date of hearing of the case,for a formal order on Talwars’ plea as the couple gave a formal application to the court for the documents.
In their plea,the Talwars said the CBI has not provided them with all the documents related to the case including the report prepared by the first investigation officer — Dataram Nauneria of Uttar Pradesh Police and their telephone call records.
The CBI,however,fiercely opposed it,necessitating the judge to take a formal call on Talwars’ plea.
Special Judicial Magistrate Preeti Singh had earlier on May 9 sent the case for sessions trial,rejecting a plea by the dentist couple that the case cannot be put to trial as yet as they have not been supplied all the prosecution documents.
Aarushi was murdered on the intervening night of May 16-17,2008 at her Noida residence and the body of Hemraj was found on the terrace of the house the next day.
The CBI counsel had on last hearing said statements of 90 witnesses out of a total of 153 have already been given to Talwars,besides the 23 photographs on which the agency is relying for their prosecution.
The court had also given Talwars the liberty to inspect all the documents.
Nupur,who was brought in heavy security cover from Dasna Jail,was accompanied by her husband Rajesh during the court proceedings.
She appeared to be calm throughout the hearing as both the CBI and defence counsels put forth their arguments before the judge.
Soon after the court announced May 14 as the next day of hearing,Nupur was sympathised by her husband sitting next to her.
The judge had on May 2 denied bail to Nupur in the twin murder case. Denying her the bail,the judge had said There is a prima facie evidence to suggest the involvement of the accused.