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Aarushi Case
Talwars to be tried for daughter’s murder
Told to appear in CBI court on February 28
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, February 9
A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here today rejected the closure report in the murder case of Aarushi Talwar and ordered that her parents Rajesh and Nupur Talwar be tried for killing their teenaged daughter.

CBI Special Magistrate Preeti Singh passed the ruling against the dentist couple, setting the ball rolling for the trial in the case. Aarushi and the family's domestic help Hemraj were found murdered under mysterious circumstances in May 2008.

The parents have been summoned to appear in court on February 28 and explain why they should not be booked under Sections 302 (murder), 201 (destruction of evidence) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

The CBI had filed the closure report and sought court permission to close the case as it felt there was no scope for further investigation. It had, however, made Rajesh Talwar the prime suspect but said that it had no evidence to convict him. Talwar contested this and asked for a copy of the closure report but his request was denied.

Talwar had also submitted a 90-page rebuttal against the closure report.

“Today, the court had three options. Either to accept the closure report and close the case or ask for further investigation. The court went for the third option of treating the submitted papers as chargesheet and issued summons to Aarushi’s parents, making them accused in the case. This time, the court interpreted the closure report differently and added Nupur Talwar too as co-accused,” said RK Saini, CBI lawyer.

Nupur and Rajesh Talwar's lawyer Rebecca John said they would challenge the order in a superior court. “The parents have only been summoned. We will see what happens on February 28. We will deal with it. There is no question of their arrest. It's not a final order. We propose to challenge it in a superior court,” said John.

Nupur Talwar said: “It is a very unfortunate judgment. We will challenge this judgment in the superior court. The court has not looked into our 90-page protest petition.”

On May 16, 2008, Aarushi Talwar (14) was found dead at her bedroom with her throat slit. The next day domestic help Hemraj's body was found on the terrace of their residence. Initially, Talwar’s former domestic help Vishnu Sharma was named suspect.

The Noida police had then arrested Aarushi's father Rajesh Talwar on May 23, claiming that it suspected this to be a case of honour killing. The case was later handed over to the CBI, which arrested Talwar's compounder Krishna on June 13. Vijay Mondal, the domestic help of one of Talwar's neighbours, was also later arrested by the CBI. Subsequently, Talwar was released on bail as till then there was no evidence against him. Later, the CBI also released the servants on same grounds.

Vandana Talwar, sister-in-law of Rajesh Talwar, told mediapersons that Aarushi’s parents’ fault was that they were at the house. “How can they say who killed her when they too do not know. They were asleep in their rooms and could not hear anything. The CBI team too had observed that with door closed and AC on one could not hear anything from other room,” she said.

FC Sharma, lawyer of Krishna, said, “The CBI has given a clean chit to the servants. We will move the court to get justice for them too as they have suffered a lot. The court’s cognizance points that the Noida police theory was right and it was moving in right direction.”

How things transpired

May 16,2008: Aarushi, 14, found dead with her throat slit in the bedroom of her Noida flat. Domestic help Hemraj suspected of murder

May 17: Hemraj’s body found on the terrace of Talwars’ house

May 18: Police say murders done with surgical precision, insider suspected

May 19: Talwars’ Nepalese ex-domestic help Vishnu named suspect

May 21: Delhi Police joins murder probe

May 22: Family under suspicion, honour killing angle probed. Cops quiz Aarushi’s close friend with whom she spoke 688 times in the 45 days preceding her murder

May 23: Aarushi’s father Rajesh Talwar arrested for the two murders

June 1: CBI takes over probe

June 13: CBI arrests Rajesh Talwar’s domestic help, Krishna

June 20: Lie detection test of Rajesh Talwar conducted at CFSL, Delhi

June 25: Second lie detection test conducted on Nupur Talwar after first test found inconclusive

June 26: CBI declares case to be a “blind case”. Rajesh Talwar refused bail

July 3: Supreme Court rejects PIL challenging administration of narco test on the accused

July 12: Rajesh Talwar freed on bail from Dasna Jail in Ghaziabad

Jan 5, 2010: CBI moves court to conduct narco test on Talwar couple

Dec 29: CBI submits closure report; clean chit to servants, points finger at Aarushi’s parents

Jan 25, 2011: Rajesh Talwar attacked in Ghaziabad court premises

Feb 9: Court takes cognizance of CBI report, charges Aarushi’s parents with murder and destruction of evidence





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