Rajesh Talwar, father of murdered teenager Aarushi Talwar, was attacked in the Ghaziabad court complex on Tuesday morning by 28-year-old Utsav Sharma.
Sharma had earlier allegedly stabbed former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, a convict in the Ruchika molestation case, outside a Chandigarh court last February. Sharma attacked Talwar, who had come to the court for the hearing on CBI's closure report in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case, with a meat cleaver.
Talwar's lawyer Praveen Rai, who was present during the attack on his client, said he had spotted Sharma inside the courtroom.
“I saw him in the courtroom during initial proceedings and he was following us. I thought him to be a normal visitor as someone from the Press,” Rai said. “We were heading to the notary to sign some affidavits and were being followed by media persons,” Rai said.
Just when Talwar and Rai turned towards the Notary office, Sharma came out screaming from a fruit shop nearby and attacked Talwar thrice on his face. Talwar ran away towards the court's parking area to get some help, while Rai caught hold of Sharma.
Talwar was taken to Sarvodaya Hospital at Kavi Nagar, where the doctors said his injuries were not life-threatening.
“The injuries are deep. He suffered a 3-4 cm deep cut on his face. His fingers were also hurt and may have been fractured while defending himself,” said Dr Neeraj Garg, who was treating Talwar. Sharma was later overpowered and thrashed by local lawyers, police personnel and litigants. He was later sent to Kavi Nagar police station for further interrogation.
Sharma has been booked under Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code and 7 Criminal Law Amendment Act. The Talwars later requested the doctors to refer the patient to Apollo Hospital at Delhi. Talwars’ lawyers said the family was shocked but there was no question of the case being transferred to another place.