Noida dentist killer’s bail plea to be heard Tuesday

May 26th, 2008 - 9:12 pm ICT by admin  

Noida, May 26 (IANS) The bail plea of Rajesh Talwar, who has been arrested for the twin murders of his daughter and a domestic help, could not be heard Monday due to a token strike by lawyers and will now be heard Tuesday. “Talwar’s bail application could not be taken up for consideration today due to the lawyers’ agitation. The court will hear the bail application on Tuesday,” senior prosecution officer (SPO) P.C. Srivastava said.

Talwar has cited health reasons in his bail application, saying that he was suffering from asthma and that the evidence produced by the police did not link him to the crime.

Lawyers’ leader Nagsen Chadela, a former bar association president, said the token strike was observed in support of the agitating Gujjars of Rajasthan, who are demanding scheduled tribe status.

“The litigants had to face a lot of trouble as during strike period, no lawyers were allowed to attend the courts,” he added.

Meanwhile, the police have applied for Talwar’s custodial remand and that application would also be heard Tuesday, Srivastava said.

Talwar was Friday arrested for the twin murders at his Noida residence and was remanded to 14 days judicial custody.

The dentist, who was apparently in an inebriated state, killed Aarushi because she had stumbled upon his affair and had been discussing it with her friends, police claimed. Talwar also objected to his daughter’s alleged close relations with Hemraj, prompting him to kill them both, police said.

Aarushi, a Class 9 student of the Delhi Public School (Noida), was found dead with her throat slit and multiple stab injuries on her face, chest and neck May 16. She would have turned 16 last Saturday.

The teenager, the only daughter of the dentist couple, reportedly had dinner with her family the night before the murder and retired to her room in the three-bedroom apartment.

The Uttar Pradesh police earlier suspected family domestic help Hemraj and even announced a reward for his arrest. A day later, the case took a murkier turn when the police discovered his body on the terrace of the house.

Talwar’s wife Nupur has stoutly defended her husband, saying the murders were the handiwork of an outsider, who was roaming free.

“The killer is out there,” Nupur told a TV channel on Saturday, echoing her husband’s claims that he was not the murderer.

Nupur, a dentist, also refuted allegations that her husband had killed Aarushi and Hemraj to silence them over his extramarital affair with a fellow doctor, Anita Durani.

“It is utter nonsense, baseless. I know from my heart it is not true.”

“Rajesh always doted on our daughter. It is not possible. We were such a close family. We had planned a birthday party today (May 24) for Aarushi,” said Nupur, her face bereft of emotion.

On Sunday, the Noida police seized the hard disk of Aarushi’s computer in search of clues to establish their case against her father. However, the weapons used to commit the crime and Aarushi’s mobile phone have yet to be found. Police had earlier seized Talwar’s laptop from his residence.

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