Nupur Talwar, facing an arrest warrant for the double murder of her daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, suffered a setback on Friday as the Supreme Court directed her to surrender before the CBI court in Ghaziabad.
A special bench of justice AK Patnaik and justice KS Khehar asked Nupur — accused of dodging several summons — to appear before the trial court on April 30.
On May 16, 2008, Aarushi, a 14-year-old Class 9 student, was found dead with her throat slit in her parents’ home in Noida.
Suspicion initially fell on the family’s live-in domestic help Hemraj, who had been missing. But the following day, his body was found on the terrace of the same house.
The police first arrested Aarushi’s father, Rajesh, for allegedly committing the double murder. But Nupur accused the Noida police of framing her husband and requested then Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati to transfer the case to the CBI, which took over the case on June 1, 2008.
A few days ago, the CBI raided Nupur’s residence in the Hauz Khas area to execute the warrant to ensure her presence in the court.
The warrant was issued even as she moved the SC for reviewing its judgment, upholding the CBI magistrate’s summons.
But the apex court did not stay the summons. “We will take this matter (the review petition) with ease. Meanwhile, you must surrender,” justice Patnaik told Nupur’s counsel, Mukul Rohatgi.