Aarushi murder case: SC grants Nupur bail, to be out in a week

Aarushi murder case

More than four months after her arrest as an accused in the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case, dentist Nupur Talwar will come out on bail on or after September 25.

The Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for her release after noting that most of the material witnesses in the case who, the CBI alleged, could be influenced by Nupur and her husband Rajesh Talwar had been examined in the Ghaziabad trial court.

Granting the CBI a maximum of 10 days to examine other witnesses who it considered pivotal to the prosecution's case, a Bench of Justices A K Patnaik and J S Khehar said the trial court will release Nupur on bail "subject to its own satisfaction".

"...we direct that the trial court will allow 10 days' time to examine remaining two material witnesses, namely Vimla Sarkar (former maid) and Chandra Bhushan (colony's guard), or any other witness in the case, if these two witnesses are not available," Justice Patnaik said.

Irrespective of the examination or not of the witnesses, the trial court shall release Nupur on bail on the conditions it deems fit after September 25, the court said.

The apex court had last month refused to let Nupur, the mother of Aarushi, out on bail till examination of 13 "crucial" witnesses was completed before the trial court. The CBI had contended that she might influence witnesses, which include friends, neighbours and employees.

During the proceedings on Monday, Additional Solicitor General Siddharth Luthra apprised the Bench that out of 13 material witnesses, nine had been examined, two did not wish to be examined while Sarkar and Bhushan were untraceable.

Seeking her bail, Nupur's counsel senior advocate K V Vishwanathan and Sandeep Kapur said: "The petitioner has given her complete cooperation towards examination of witnesses. The CBI now wants to add three other witnesses... It should not be an endless exercise."

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