SC rejects transfer plea, Talwars to be tried in Ghaziabad
The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday dismissed Dr Rajesh and Nupur Talwars’ plea to shift the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case to a court in Delhi, saying their apprehension of not getting a fair trial in Ghaziabad was unfounded.delhi Updated: Mar 03, 2012 02:25 IST
The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday dismissed Dr Rajesh and Nupur Talwars’ plea to shift the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case to a court in Delhi, saying their apprehension of not getting a fair trial in Ghaziabad was unfounded.
The couple wanted the case to be shifted to a Delhi court due to personal security and inconvenience. They also alleged that the trial judge was proceeding in the case with a pre-determined mind.But a bench of Justice BS Chauhan and Justice JS Khehar dismissed their plea, saying: "We are satisfied that there is no well-substantiated apprehension that justice will not be dispensed to the petitioners impartially, objectively and without bias".
While brushing aside the attack on Rajesh by a psychopath as “un-related” to the court proceedings, the SC put a seal of approval on the January 25, 2011 order of the trial court that only the parties to the case and their counsel would be allowed to enter the courtroom.
Taking note of the measures adopted towards security arrangements in the court premises, the court said: “We are satisfied that justice will be dispensed in an atmosphere shorn of any fear or favour”.
The court took strong exception to the Talwars’ levelling allegations against the trial judge and cautioned the couple against “making any irresponsible insinuations with reference to court proceeding”. “We have no doubt that the basis on which the petitioners are seeking transfer are just speculative and unjustified apprehensions based…on vague and non-specific allegations”.
First Published: Mar 02, 2012 23:29 IST