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Three-day police custody for Talwar

india Updated: May 28, 2008 01:26 IST
Kapil Datta
Kapil Datta
Hindustan Times
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Aarushi Talwar’S father Rajesh Talwar was on Tuesday remanded in three days’ police custody by the Noida Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (CJM) court.

Lawyers of the Gautam Budha Nagar Bar Association, who were on strike in support of the Gujjar agitation, did not allow Talwar’s advocates to argue the case. Talwar himself pleaded his case.

Around 12.08 pm, four vehicles carrying prisoners from the Dasna jail, including Talwar, reached the Noida Phase II court. The drivers of the vehicles said they had started at 9.40 a.m. from the jail but due to traffic jams on the national highway near Lal Kuan, they were delayed by an hour.

Before Talwar was taken to the CJM’s court, the Noida Police led by SP (city) AK Tripathi asked the media to move out of the court complex. He said only advocates of Talwar’s family could enter.

When proceedings started, bar association members manhandled Talwar’s relatives and his advocate Mahinder Pratap Singh.

After the melee, CJM AK Singh heard the prosecution officer and Talwar and sent him on police remand for three days. A lawyer will be there with Talwar during the interrogation period.

Senior prosecution officer PC Srivastava said, “It was argued that Rajesh Talwar had lodged an FIR against Hemraj that he had murdered his daughter Arushi and after committing the crime ran away. After one day, the body of Hemraj was found lying on the terrace, which was locked. When police went to the spot, they recovered the dead body of Hemraj in the absence of the Talwars.”

“Rajesh and his wife had gone to Haridwar to immerse her ashes in the Ganga,” said Srivastava.

Srivastava said when they came back, the police interrogated Rajesh Talwar, who confessed that he had killed his daughter and Hemraj. “He also confessed that he had illicit relations with Dr Anita Durrani. He said Aarushi was threatening to expose the relation before her grandparents,” he said.

Earlier, Talwar moved an adjournment application, seeking another date for hearing his plea because of the lawyers’ strike. He said he was innocent and had not confessed anything.

Talwar’s advocate Mahinder Pratap Singh said, “I had requested the bar association to allow me to appear for Talwar but they rejected my request. It was then decided that the adjournment application would be moved by Rajesh Talwar himself.”