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Four observations on Nupur Talwar's day at the CBI court

Ghaziabad: It is almost impossible to find a reporter covering the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case who hasn't already decided that the Talwar couple is  guilty. So it was an ecstatic crowd of reporters who arrived this morning at the special CBI court in Ghaziabad, gunning for a shot of Nupur Talwar being taken into custody.

They perched themselves on walls, had multiple teams stationed at strategic points to make sure Nupur did not escape their cameras. With some reporters facing defamation cases for coverage of the case, it seems as if the media is taking its collective revenge on the Talwars.

Screen grab from IBN Live

The lawyers from Ghaziabad involved in this case are making the most of their 15 minutes of fame. The Ray Ban sporting FC Sharma, Krishna's lawyer, is the most media-savvy among the lot. (Krishna was Rajesh's assistant the clinic). Sharma is usually the quickest with the news, coming out at regular intervals (the proceedings in the special CBI court are in-camera in this case) to brief the media contingent waiting outside.

For the Talwars, the court hearings are perhaps the only time they venture into public. They keep to themselves. They just don’t engage with the media. The media, for its part, has also stopped asking them questions, while the mad obsession for 'visuals' remains.

The Talwars stick to their lawyers. A large group of Nupur's family and close friends were present in court today. By her side was also her father, who is nearing 80. The friends, helped by women constables, created a shield of sorts around her, protecting her from the constant gaze of reporters.

The Ghaziabad Special CBI Court takes some getting used to. It is a poorly maintained cream-coloured building housed in a small compound. No security or bag checks. Broken chairs and make-shift benches make up the furniture inside the dingy rooms. Even as handcuffed convicts were being led by policemen in and out of courtrooms, a lawyer was complaining to the policeman about how easy it was for a criminal to escape from such a poorly protected court complex.

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