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Aarushi murder case: Trial stuck in many legal hurdles

Peeyush Khandelwal, Hindustan Times  Ghaziabad, May 16, 2013
First Published: 00:28 IST(16/5/2013) | Last Updated: 01:46 IST(16/5/2013)

The trial in the twin murder case is caught up in legal tangles with Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, “exercising their legal options” to summon 14 witnesses dropped by the CBI.

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Their plea for summoning the said 14 persons has come when the stage is set for recording of statements of the accused.

After the trial court dismissed their plea, the accused moved Supreme Court which on Monday declined to entertain it. The couple have now moved the Allahabad High Court.

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It is not for the first time that Talwars have exercised their legal options. Earlier, they had challenged the summoning order of the special judicial magistrate and filed transfer petitions in the SC after Rajesh was attacked in the Ghaziabad court.

It has taken nearly four years for the case to reach trial stage. But with the Talwars adamant on summoning 14 witnesses, the trial again appears to have stuck.

To approach superior courts, Talwars have sought many adjournments. Taking strong exception, the trial court on May 14 said: “Court cannot be a silent spectator by leaving the control of the trial to the accused, who have, as appears, decided not to take the case forward.”

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