A special CBI court in Gaziabad adjourned hearing in the Aarushi murder case till Jan 21 and asked the probe agency to provide all documents, including its closure report, to the victim's parents even as the CBI said her father Rajesh Talwar had no "locus standi" to argue.
"On the basis of the findings of the closure report, no one can be counted accused hence CBI is directed to provide a copy (to the Talwars)," the court said
Rajesh Talwar's lawyer Satish Tamta first pleaded to the court that all documents regarding the Aarushi murder case be made available to him.
Opposing Tamta's argument, CBI lawyer RK Saini told the court that Rajesh Talwar was "no more a complainant now". He added that the Noida police had already suspected and arrested him in the case, after which he had become the accused in the case so he has "no locus standi" to argue or put his stand in the case before the court.
The court, however, did not agree with the CBI version.
In her order, CBI Special Magistrate Preeti Singh ordered the CBI to provide all documents, including a copy of the closure report, to the Talwars and adjourned the court. It will hear the case next Jan 21.
Aarushi, 14, was found murdered under mysterious circumstances in her parents' Jalvayu Vihar apartment in Noida, May 16, 2008. Their domestic help Hemraj's body was found on the flat's terrace a day later.