Rajesh Talwar’s bail plea to be heard June 26 (Second Lead)

June 10th, 2008 - 7:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Ghaziabad, June 10 (IANS) A sessions court will hear on June 26 the bail plea of Rajesh Talwar, arrested for his alleged role in the murder of his daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj at his home last month, after a special court rejected his petition here Tuesday. Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) magistrate Sapna Mishra heard arguments from the lawyers of the CBI and Talwar before denying the dentist bail. Special magistrates don’t have the power to grant bail to an accused in a murder case.

While Talwar’s lawyer Satish Tamta argued that he should be given bail as there was no evidence against him, CBI lawyer Sunil Battra opposed the plea as the investigation was still underway and independent witnesses could be influenced.

Tamta said: “It is just a procedure. The bail application is processed through the lower court… This is to pave the way for litigants to go to the higher court of additional district and sessions judge (ADJ).

“We will plead before the ADJ court to grant bail to our client on the same conditions that we argued before the lower court - of not finding any evidence against Talwar during the investigation.”

Immediately after the bail was rejected, the defence lawyer filed a bail appeal before the sessions court, which fixed June 26 to hear it.

“We have argued Talwar is innocent and the CBI has no evidence against him,” said Tamta.

Aarushi, 14, was found murdered in her Noida home May 16 with her throat slit. The Noida police initially named Hemraj as the prime accused but backtracked after his body was recovered the next day from the terrace of the same flat in the Uttar Pradesh town bordering the national capital.

Talwar, a prominent dentist, was arrested a week later on May 23.

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