The CBI, investigating the double murder of schoolgirl Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj Banjade, on Wednesday made a futile bid to arrest her mother, Nupur Talwar. But the dentist, a co-accused along with her husband Rajesh, was nowhere to be found.
This came hours after a special judicial magistrate's (SJM) court in Ghaziabad issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Nupur for failing to appear before it in person for a hearing. Rajesh was present at the hearing though.
A CBI team arrived at the dentist couple's flat in south Delhi's Hauz Khas around 6pm but did not find either of them at home.
"Though we could not arrest her today, our search is on," said a CBI official.
Aarushi, 14, was found murdered at the family's previous home in Noida on the intervening night of May 15-16, 2008. A day later, Hemraj's body was found on the terrace.
On Wednesday, Nupur skipped the hearing and instead forwarded an application, stating that her petition seeking a review of the Supreme Court decision rejecting her plea against the SJM's summons order was fixed for hearing on April 27.
At this, CBI senior public prosecutor RK Saini requested the court issue an NBW against her.
"On the last hearing date (March 14), she had moved an application before the Ghaziabad court citing an Allahabad high court order (dated March 13) that directed her bail application be heard expeditiously in case she surrenders within 30 days of the high court order," Saini said.
After the March 14 hearing, the CBI moved the high court and forwarded a recall application.
"During our application hearing, the high court suspended its March 13 order and directed that the accused file a reply within two weeks. We told the Ghaziabad court the order copy is awaited. Now she has no protection from any court and is deliberately trying to skip the hearings at Ghaziabad," Saini said.
After hearing the arguments, the Ghaziabad court ordered an NBW against Nupur and fixed the next hearing for April 18.
Tightening its noose on the Talwars, the CBI has also challenged a March 14 order of the Ghaziabad court that gave Rajesh an extended bail.