Facing imminent arrest in connection with her daughter's murder case, dentist Nupur Talwar on Friday got reprieve after CBI told the Supreme Court that it would not arrest her.
Nupur's 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and the family's domestic help Hemraj were found murdered in the Talwars' Noida home in May 2008.
The Ghaziabad court, which had earlier summoned Nupur and her husband Rajesh Talwar as accused after rejecting the CBI's closure report, issued a non-bailable warrant (NWB) against her after she failed to appear before it on April 11. The CBI raided her house in Hauz Khas the same day but Nupur was untraceable. The NBW has to be executed by April 18.
"We (CBI) were well-aware of her movements on Thursday. If we wanted to arrest her, we could have done it. But, in wake of her appeal before the SC we did not do so," additional solicitor general Harin Rawal told a bench of Justices AK Patnaik and JS Kehar.
As Rawal objected to the appeal being listed without following SC rules, the bench referred it to Chief Justice of India SH Kapadia for placing it before an appropriate bench.
Justice Patnaik, before whom Nupur's counsel had sought an immediate relief on Thursday, said he directed listing of the appeal before the special bench as he thought relief sought by Nupur was in connection with the review petition filed by her. However, on perusing the
petition, Justice Patnaik said he realised it was a fresh appeal.
Nupur has sought review of an SC order passed in January wherein Justice AK Ganguly (since retired) and Justice Kehar found no flaw with the trial court order summoning the dental surgeon and her husband to face trial in Aarushi murder case.
Nupur has indirectly challenged issuance of warrants by moving SC against April 9 Allahabad HC order virtually asking her to appear before the trial court on April 11.
Meanwhile, the agency's claims have left many unanswered questions. The foremost is: If Nupur was under CBI surveillance then why did the agency sleuths, wearing blue jackets with CBI written, went looking for her in media glare on Thursday, the day the Ghaziabad court issued warrants? The party returned empty handed. If Nupur was under surveillance then the search party should have known her location.