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Paper trail delays trial in Aarushi murder case

india Updated: May 11, 2012 23:11 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal

The trial in Aarushi-Hemraj murder case failed to move forward on Friday with the lawyers for Rajesh and Nupur Talwar — parents of Aarushi — demanding case-related documents, which the CBI claims have already been supplied to them.

A CBI judicial magistrate had ordered the trial to begin in a district and sessions court on May 9. The Talwars had demanded the case papers then too but the court had agreed with the CBI contention that all papers have already been given to the dentist couple.

On Friday, the couple renewed their plea for documents before the special CBI court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shyam Lal. The CBI again contested their plea and the arguments went on for over an hour. The judge first orally asked the CBI to give all documents to Talwars "for the sake of justice". He, however, fixed May 14, the next date of hearing of the case, for a formal order on Talwars' plea as the couple moved a formal application before the court for the documents.

CBI senior public prosecutor RK Saini said Talwars' lawyers raked the issue again to delay the trial. He pointed out that the relevant documents were already handed over to them.

The Talwar couple had been seeking forensic reports, internet billing-chart and session log, call details of five mobile phones, statements of witnesses, narco-analysis reports and photographs of the crime scene.

It was on the same day when Nupur Talwar's review petition was scheduled for yet another hearing at the Supreme Court in the same case.

CBI Magistrate Priti Singh had stated in her May 9 order that all the documents relied upon by the prosecution and which were also made as the basis for summons of February 9, 2011, have been handed over to the accused.