Sufficient evidence to proceed against Talwars: CBI

CBI told Allahabad HC there was "sufficient evidence to initiate proceedings" against the Talwars.

Updated: Mar 01, 2011, 22:04 PM IST

Allahabad: A day after a special court in
Ghaziabad issued warrants against Rajesh and Nupur Talwar,
parents of murdered Noida girl Aarushi, CBI Tuesday told the
Allahabad High Court that there was "sufficient evidence to
initiate proceedings" against the dentist couple.

CBI counsel Nazrul Islam Jafri and Anurag Khanna told the
court that there was no error of judgement on the part of the
special court in having summoned the couple who had, however,
not been named as suspects in the probe agency`s closure

The arguments came during the hearing on a petition filed
by the Talwars challenging the special CBI court`s decision to
initiate proceedings against them in connection with the
murder of their teenaged daughter three years ago.

The CBI counsel submitted before the court that the couple
had "failed" to identify the body of Hemraj, their domestic
help, which was found on the terrace of their house hours
after Aarushi was found murdered inside her room.

They also alleged that earlier, when the keys to the door
of the terrace were sought by the police, the Talwars had
refused to provide the same.

Besides, CBI said that by the time the police reached the
Talwars` house on hearing about the murder, Aarushi`s room had
been cleaned up and call details of her mobile phone deleted.

Government Advocate DR Chaudhary submitted "an
investigating agency was not bound by the opinions expressed
by the investigating officer in closure report" and hence the
Talwars` argument that since the CBI closure report had not
named them as suspects they should not be subjected to trial
was not valid.

After hearing the arguments, Justice Bala Krishna
Narayana adjourned the hearing till Thursday and said the
petitioners may in the meanwhile file their rejoinder.