Aarushi case: Talwars demand restrain on media
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 17:53
New Delhi: Parents of Aarushi Talwar have approached the Supreme Court to restrain a section of media from propagating "irresponsible and uninformed conspiracy theories" about the unsolved murder of the teenager two years ago in Noida.

"Irresponsible and uninformed conspiracy theories being floated by a section of the media with the sole purpose of satisfying the voyeuristic curiosity of the readership and viewership," the application filed by Dr Rajesh Talwar, father of deceased school student Aarushi said.

"This is not only prejudicing the conduct of the ongoing investigation in pending criminal proceedings but the same is also complete disregard of the respect and reputation of the persons families connected with the case," it said.

The matter is likely to come for hearing next week. Aarushi, the 14-year-old daughter of the dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, was found dead with her throat slit in her parents' home at Jalvayu Vihar in Noida on May 16, 2008. Her domestic help Hemraj was also found murdered in the same house the next day.

Even after two years of the heinous murder case the CBI has still not been able to make a breakthrough and catch the culprit behind the double murder.

In their written application, the Talwars have asked the court to pass orders which: "Refrain the press and electronic media from exhibiting/showing/publishing/reporting any such information which may have the effect of prejudicing the conduct of investigation in the pending criminal proceedings and or/damaging the reputation of the applicant and his family."

This is in addition to the earlier writ petition filed by a senior advocate of the Supreme Court, Dr Surat Singh seeking framing of guidelines for responsible media coverage of sensitive cases so as not to harm the reputation of people concerned.

The application alleged that the electronic and print media "obdurately and disdainfully were continuing with their reckless 'whodunit' speculative reportage related to Aarushi murder case."


First Published: Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 17:53

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