The Supreme Court has granted bail to Nupur Talwar, who has been in judicial custody for the last four months, in the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case.
The court said that Nupur will be released on bail after 25th September as statements of two witnesses are still to be recorded. The bail will be granted after CBI finishes presenting all its witnesses in trail court.
A CBI court has charged the Talwars under sections 302/34 (murder with common intention) and 201 (destruction of evidence with common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). In addition to these, the court charged Rajesh Talwar under section 203 (giving false information in respect of an offence committed).
Meanwhile the hearing of the case has been underway in a special CBI court, with its fair share of twists and turns.
In a dramatic turn of events a few weeks ago, a CBI witness and maid of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar told the special CBI court here that she was “forced” by the probe agency to give statements in the sensational Aarushi-Hemraj murder case.
The revelation came during her cross-examination by three defence counsel, including one of the counsel for the Talwars, Manoj Sishodia. Bharti, 35, told the court that “I am deposing what ever was taught to me by the CBI”.
Then a senior police officer and a crucial witness in the case told that court that he faced pressure to suppress the rape angle in the postmortem of the teenager.
Nupur, who has been in jail since her surrender before the Ghaziabad court on 30 April, had moved the apex court challenging the Allahabad High Court’s order which had on 31 May dismissed her plea for bail.
She had surrendered before the trial court following a stern direction from the Supreme Court, which had also refused to stay a non-bailable warrant issued against her by the lower court on her failure to appear despite an issuing of summons.
The CBI opposing the bail plea, told the court that there are 13 material witnesses in the case who can be influenced if Nupur Talwar is let out on bail. The apex court then directed the CBI to expedite examination of these witnesses.
With inputs from agencies