Talwars get temporary breather from SC, notice to CBI and UP

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Aarushi Talwar
New Delhi, Mar 20: The Talwars who had been pronounced accused in the Allahabad High Court got a breather from the Supreme Court when it stayed the criminal proceedings against them in the controversial case of the murder of their daughter Aarushi Talwar and their house help Hemraj.

Though the court did not give them a clean chit in the case that has been grabbing headlines, the charges against the parents had let to a new twist in the case. Pinaki Mishra, lawyer for Talwars said, "Supreme Court has stayed the order of the CBI court until further hearing. The court has asked them to deposit their passports on Monday."

The apex body has in effect quashed the order passed by the Allahabad High Court according to a bench comprising Justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar who revealed that the couple cannot be arrested. They also pronounced that the duo need not appear before the trial court on Mar 22.

On Feb 9, the Ghaziabad court taking into cognizance their absence in court had issued bailable warrants and had initiated proceedings against them. They were also named as accused, rejecting the closure report by the CBI that was also considered as a chargesheet in the case.

The Supreme Court also issued notices to the CBI and the UP government based on petitions filed by Rajesh and Nupur separately. The CBI countered by saying that they would aptly respond to it and contest the plea for innocence.

Advocates Sandeep Kapur and Shivek Trehan speaking on Rajesh's behalf in the SC said, "Petitioner is the grieving father of the deceased teenager Aarushi who was found murdered during intervening night of May 15-16, 2008. In a blatant attempt to find a scapegoat, the petitioner who in fact was the first informant and lodged the first information report, has been arrayed as an accused under Section 302 of IPC."

The Aarushi Talwar case has been receiving immense media-attention with no solution at sight and the accused still at large. The brutal murder case had seen a lot of twists and turns during the course of investigation.

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