No entry for media inside courtroom

Ghaziabad district judge on Wednesday said that entry of media-persons and outsiders inside the court-room would not be allowed during the hearing of Aarushi-Hemraj murder case. Peeyush Khandelwal reports.
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Updated on Jan 26, 2011 11:54 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad district judge on Wednesday said that entry of media-persons and outsiders inside the court-room would not be allowed during the hearing of Aarushi-Hemraj murder case.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, district judge VC Gupta said that the decision was taken in view of Tuesday’s attack on Dr Rajesh Talwar inside the Ghaziabad court premises.

“We have decided that only the litigants related to the case would be allowed inside the court-room. Entry of media and other persons is not allowed in the court-room for this case,” Gupta said.

Gupta also added that the restriction was only for Aarushi-Hemraj murder case and not for other cases going on at other courts in Ghaziabad. “We have also debarred the entry of weapons and also entry of cameras inside the court-complex,” he said.

The next hearing in the case would take place on February 8.

Dr Rajesh Talwar was attacked by Utsav Sharma on Tuesday inside the court complex with the help of a meat-cleaver which led to serious facial and hand-injuries to Talwar. The victim had come to attend a hearing at Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special judicial magistrate (SJM) court and had gone down to court-complex with his lawyer for signing some documents at notary.

After the attack, several media-persons were attacked by local lawyers who raised slogans and alleged that media-persons were responsible for the incident.

The attacker, Sharma, was later nabbed by lawyers and police personnel after the attack and was sent to 14 days of judicial custody on Wednesday. Talwar’s older brother Dr Dinesh Talwar had lodged a criminal case against Sharma at Kavi Nagar police station.


    Peeyush Khandelwal writes on a range of issues in western Uttar Pradesh – from crime, to development authorities and from infrastructure to transport. Based in Ghaziabad, he has been a journalist for almost a decade.

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