Aarushi's parents, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, had quoted security concerns in the court and also said that most of the witnesses are in Delhi.
During the last hearing, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had opposed the transfer and said since there is no anticipatory bail provision in Uttar Pradesh. The Talwars want the case shifted to Delhi. The counsel of the investigating agency had told the court that it can provide security to Aarushi's parents. It had, however, sought time to file a detailed reply to their plea seeking transfer of the trial.
In their plea filed in the Supreme Court on February 3, the Talwars had cited security reasons. They had contended that Rajesh Talwar had faced a hostile atmosphere in the Ghaziabad court where he was assaulted with a knife by a person in January 2011. The couple also claimed that most of the witnesses were based in Delhi.
The Talwars did not appear in the Special CBI Court in Ghaziabad on February 4. Their counsel made a request for stopping the proceedings, saying that the Supreme Court is hearing a plea filed by them for transfer of the trial to a court in Delhi.
Last month, the Supreme Court had cleared the decks for the Talwars' trial, dismissing the couple's plea to quash criminal proceedings against them for the twin murders of their teenage daughter and their domestic help Hemraj in 2008.
14-year-old Aarushi, the only daughter of the Talwars, was found dead with her throat slit at the family's residence in Noida on the intervening night of May 15-16, 2008 and the body of Hemraj was found on the terrace the next day.