In a setback to dentist Nupur Talwar, the Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed her review petition challenging the summons issued by the Special CBI Court in the twin murder of her daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.
A bench of justices A.K. Patnaik and J.S. Khehar also dismissed as “infructuous” the bail application moved by her.
“We have found no merit in the review petition and are not inclined to interfere with the order of the trial court,” the bench said while dismissing the review petition.
Though the bench passed a unanimous decision, Justice Patnaik preferred to write a separate judgement to point out certain infirmities in some portions of the order passed by the trial court.
However, the bench preferred not to interfere with the Special Court’s order issuing processes, as the overall circumstances and detailed reasons cited in the impugned order did not warrant any interference.
The bench had on May 16 reserved the order after hearing extensively the contentions of Nupur Talwar and the CBI which had strongly opposed her pleas.
Departing from normal practice of hearing review petitions in the judges’ chambers, the court had on March 15 decided to hear in open court the petition seeking review of its January 6 order in which it had cleared the decks for the trial of the dentist couple — Rajesh and Nupur Talwar — in the murder case by dismissing their plea to quash criminal proceedings against them.
Nupur Talwar had also filed a fresh plea for bail in the pending petition before the apex court in which she had sought review of its decision giving a go ahead to criminal prosecution against her and her husband.
Nupur Talwar had contended that she was not asking for a clean chit in the murder case but wanted a direction to the CBI to re-investigate the case.
Fourteen-year-old Aarushi was found dead with her throat slit at her Noida residence on the intervening night of May 15 and 16, 2008, while Hemraj’s body was recovered from the terrace of the house the next day.
Nupur Talwar is now in in judicial custody while her Rajesh Talwar is out on bail. The case for their trial in the twin murder case is pending at a Ghaziabad sessions court.
In between, a non-bailable warrant was issued by the Special CBI Court in Ghaziabad after the Allahabad High Court had withdrawn the protection given to her.
After that Nupur Talwar had approached the apex court seeking bail and protection from arrest.
However, the court had on April 27 directed her to surrender on April 30 before the trial court in Ghaziabad.
After the CBI court had dismissed her plea, she was sent to the judicial custody.