Talwar couple to be tried for daughter’s murder

Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were today made an accused in the murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi by a special CBI court which rejected the agency’s closure report in the over two-year old double-murder case.

Judge Preeti Singh took cognisance of CBI’s closure report and issued summons to the parents to appear before her on February 28, making them accused on charges of murder, destruction of evidence, conspiracy and common intention to commit the crime.

The court rejected Rajesh Talwar’s petition aganist the CBI report and sought fresh investigations to nail the culprits pointing fingers at the servants.

“The Court has taken cognisance of offences under Section 302, 201 read with 34 IPC and summoned Dr Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar as accused in the case for February 28,” CBI counsel R K Saini told reporters.

The dentist couple have been made accused under sections 302 (murder), 201 (destruction of evidence) and section 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC.

The CBI had yesterday said that circumstantial evidence points to the involvement of the couple in the death of their daughter and servant Hemraj.

“Our stand was that the probe of the Investigating Officer proves that no outsider was involved in this (Aarushi-Hemraj deaths). Servants are not involved in this and circumstantial evidence is pointing out that whatever has been done, parents only have done it,” Saini had said yesterday.

However, the lawyer for the Talwars, Rebecca John said they will approach a superior court for striking down this order.

“You (an apparent reference to media) create an atmosphere and this is what will happen,” she said in her reaction to the court order making the Talwar couple accused in the case.

“There is rule of law in the country. We propose to challenge the order in a superior court. This is not a final order. This is open to challenge. Our remedies are open,” she said.