A Ghaziabad court on Thursday charged dentist couple Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar with the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj. The court framed the charges in presence of Talwars in an in-camera session.
Rajesh Talwar will also be tried for misleading the court. An additional charge has been framed against Talwar for filing a false FIR.
The arguments on framing of charges in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case were concluded on Wednesday with the counsels of doctors Rajesh and Nupur Talwar rebutting CBI’s charges in the Ghaziabad sessions court.
CBI counsel RK Saini had on Tuesday sought framing of charges against the Talwar couple in the four-year-old double murder case citing circumstantial evidence, statements of witnesses, and its ‘last seen’ theory which maintains that the Talwar couple, their daughter Aarushi and their domestic help Hemraj were the only people present in the house on the night of the murders.The agency had argued that the couple had destroyed evidence of murder by washing the walls of Aarushi’s room and dragging Hemraj’s body to the roof. Saini had sought charges of murder, destruction of evidence and giving false information against the couple.
On May 16, the court had deferred the hearing till Monday to allow the CBI to provide documents to Aarushi’s parents.
The sessions court started the trial on May 11, almost four years after the crime.
Also on May 16, the Supreme Court had reserved its verdict on Nupur Talwar’s petition seeking review of its January 6 order directing her and Rajesh Talwar to stand trial for the murder of Aarushi and the family’s domestic help, Hemraj.
An apex court bench of Justice AK Patnaik and Justice JS Khehar had reserved the verdict on the conclusion of arguments by senior counsel Pinaki Misra, appearing for Nupur Talwar.Misra assailed a Ghaziabad magistrate court’s order that rejected the closure report filed by the CBI in the double murder and took cognizance of the charge against the Talwars.
The CBI filed its closure report in December 2010 before the magistrate’s court in Ghaziabad.The Talwars are facing charges of murder, conspiracy and destruction of evidence.
Aarushi, 14, was found murdered at her parents’ Noida residence May 16, 2008. Hemraj’s body was found the next day on the terrace of the house.