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May 31, 2013 at 09:06am IST

Aarushi-Hemraj case: Court to decide if Talwars will continue to face trial

New Delhi: A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court hearing the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case is expected to decide if there is enough evidence to continue trial against the Talwars. The cross-examination of prosecution witnesses has been completed and the Ghaziabad court will decide on continuing the trial or acquitting Aarushi's parents Rajesh and Nupur Talwar.

However, if the court believes the prosecution evidence has some weight, the trial will continue and in subsequent days the deposition of defence witnesses will begin. This will be followed by their cross-examination before a final verdict is delivered by court.

Aarushi Talwar and the Talwars' domestic help Hemraj were found murdered in May 2008. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court had dismissed a petition by Dr Rajesh and Nupur Talwar on examination of 13 witnesses in the case. The couple had sought an examination of 13 witnesses whose depositions were earlier dropped by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The court said it was not inclined to interfere with the High Court's order. It added that nothing stops the Talwar couple from calling those witnesses as defence witnesses. This was the second time the Talwars had moved the apex court with the same plea as the court had rejected the plea earlier too, telling the couple to go to the High Court first. The Talwars had then filed their plea challenging the order of the special CBI court rejecting their plea for calling 13 other witnesses, including ADG (Law and Order) and the then CBI Joint Director Arun Kumar, to record their statements, in the Allahabad High Court.

The Allahabad High Court had also rejected the plea filed by the Talwars last week. The Talwars' contention was that the CBI has dropped those witnesses who may question their official line, which is that Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar are prime suspects.

The trial in the Ghaziabad court also continues with the recording of statements of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar.