The Supreme Court on Friday directed dentist Nupur Talwar to surrender before the trial court in Ghaziabad on Monday in the case of muder of her 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in Noida four years ago.
Refusing to stay the non-bailable warrant issued against her by the Special CBI Court, a Bench of Justices A.K. Patnaik and J.S. Khehar asked her to approach the trial judge for bail after surrendering. The court shall expeditiously consider her plea.
It also turned down her plea for protection against any arrest on her surrender.
“We should not anticipate what the trial court is going to do. You appear before it, and the court shall consider your bail [plea]. If you do not get bail, then there are higher courts,” the Bench said.
The Bench pointed out that her husband also got bail in the case. “We are not inclined to stay the operation of the order of non-bailable warrant issued by the Special Judge, Ghaziabad. But we direct that petitioner [Nupur Talwar] appear on Monday and move her bail [plea]. In case, [an] application for bail is moved, the same shall be considered expeditiously.” Aarushi was murdered on the intervening night of May 16-17, 2008, at her Noida residence, and the body of Hemraj was found on the terrace the next day.
Nupur faced arrest after the Ghaziabad court issued the warrant on April 11. Thereafter, the CBI carried out searches at her Delhi home. But the agency assured the Bench later that it would not arrest her till the hearing of her plea in the Supreme Court. “It [the hearing of Nupur's case] would take time, so you must surrender,” the Bench said, at the end of the hearing.