Nupur Talwar, who was denied bail by the Ghaziabad Sessions Court on Wednesday, today appeared in the CBI special court as trial hearings began into the Aarushi – Hemraj double murder case. At the hearing, also attended by Nupur’s husband and co-accused Rajesh Talwar, it was decided that the murder trial would be next heard on 9 May.
Meanwhile Nupur’s legal team who on Wednesday filed a bail plea before the Supreme Court alleging that she was not being granted parity by the Ghaziabad sessions court, have now also moved the Allahabad High Court seeking bail.
They are arguing that since Rajesh Talwar – who is a co-accused in the case – is on bail, Nupur should be granted the same privilege.
The CBI has opposed the bail applications on the basis of Nupur Talwar’s past conduct of surrendering before the trial court only after she was directed to do so by the Supreme court. The CBI counsel also told the court that she was liable to flee and made the rather fantastic claim that she could tamper with evidence. (It is four years since the murders took place and a year and a half after the CBI filed closure report.)
The Supreme Court will hear the petition on Friday, while there is still no word on when the bail plea before the Allahabad High Court is going to be taken up for hearing.
The Ghaziabad sessions court denied her bail on the basis that she was prima facie accused in a double murder, and that there was a possibility that she could flee from trial. The three and a half page judgement says, “She can create hinderance in smooth disposal of trial despite direction from the Supreme Court and she can delay the trial by fleeing”.
Meanwhile her husband Rajesh, is also in danger of being sent to jail himself. The Allahabad High Court is scheduled to hear a petition by the CBI seeking cancellation of his bail on Monday.
Rajesh Talwar received bail by the Supreme Court, and in March, the Ghaziabad Sessions Court extended it to 11 April. The CBI had told the court that the agency wanted the bail to be cancelled as it was conditional and so Dr Rajesh Talwar should be arrested and he should seek fresh bail. They later filed a petition in the Allahabad High Court in the first week of April, challenging the sessions court decision.
Nupur’s review petition seeks to reverse the Supreme Court January 6 order refusing to interfere with the trial court’s decision to put her and her husband Rajesh Talwar on trial for the murder of their daughter Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj.