New Delhi: The Supreme Court has rejected the application of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar and given a green signal to conduct a trial against them in their daughter Aarushi's murder case.
In a setback for the Talwars, the court said that the cognizance taken by the trial court against them is correct. The CBI had claimed that the dentist couple had killed their daughter Aarushi Talwar. The couple had in turn blamed the CBI of levelling false accusations against them resulting in the trial court summoning them.
Dismissing the Talwars' petition for quashing of criminal proceedings against them, the SC said it was not going into the merits of the case and hoped the trial would be expedited.
The Talwars, meanwhile, insisted in the court that the servants were involved in the killing of Aarushi and cited various evidences as proof for their claims. The court however clearly told them that citing gory details of the crime was not going to help them.
Both Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were named the prime accused in the murder of their 14-year-old daughter in Noida in 2008.
In April 2011, the Talwars had told the Supreme Court that the media was influencing the trial and questioned the lower court order as well as the investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Aarushi was found dead with her throat slit at her Noida residence on May 16, 2008 and the body of their domestic help, Hemraj, who too was murdered, was found on the terrace of her house the next day.
On March 19, 2011, the Supreme Court had stayed during a special hearing the Allahabad High Court order that had refused to set aside a special Ghaziabad CBI court direction, summoning the couple in the case.
The CBI had after probing the blind murder case for over two-and-half years had filed its closure report in the case in the Ghaziabad Special CBI court, saying it had been unable to find out any evidence to prosecute the Talwars.
However, the trial court had rejected the closure report, saying there was enough prima facie material in the agency's report to put the couple on trial for their alleged involvement in the twin murders and had issued summons to them to face trial.
Rajesh and Nupur Talwar had subsequently gone to the Allahabad High Court, which had dismissed their pleas to quash the trial court summons and the proceedings initiated against them.