The hearing in the Aarushi Talwar murder case has been adjourned till June 8 by the special CBI court in Ghaziabad. More than four years after teenager Aarushi was found murdered in her Noida home, a formal trial in the case began today. Aarushi'a parents, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, are the accused for the murder of their 13-year-old daughter and their domestic help Hemraj.
The court formally framed charges against Rajesh and Nupur Talwar on May 25. The court had said that the Talwars' would be tried for murder and destruction of evidence. The court also ruled that Mr Talwar would also be tried for misleading the court.
The Talwars have appealed to the Supreme Court to cancel their trial -that petition has yet to be decided. Mrs Talwar was arrested on April 30. Her bail pleas is pending before the Allahabad High Court.
The CBI believes that a golf club found in the house could have caused the injuries found on both victims. However, the Talwars lawyers produced a golf club in court to counter that theory. The Talwars say that Hemraj allowed a group of friends into their home. They were drinking and then tried to molest Aarushi. When she resisted, they say, the assaulters killed her. They then killed Hemraj. Aarushi was found dead in her bedroom, and Hemraj was discovered on the terrace 24 hours later.
The CBI has said in court that it has circumstantial evidence against the Talwars. In December 2010, the agency asked a CBI court for permission to close the case- it said it had no evidence to accuse anyone of murder, but said at the same time that it believed Mr Talwar was responsible for the double murder in his home. The judge in that court said the case would not be closed and ordered the Talwars to stand trial. Since then, Aarushi's parents have challenged that verdict in different courts.
Mr Talwar was arrested a week after Aarushi's death by the Noida Police. He was released after nearly two months in jail when the CBI, who took over the case, said that there was no evidence against him.