Aarushi case:Framing of charges to start on May 21

Ghaziabad: A special CBI court here today fixed May 21 for beginning of arguments on framing of charges against dentist couple Nupur and Rajesh Talwar in twin murders of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.

Additional District Judge S Lal fixed the date for beginning of the argument on framing of charges in the 2008 murder case, rejecting Talwars` plea for a month to study the prosecution documents before beginning of the arguments. Special Judge Lal rejected Talwars` plea saying the Supreme Court has ordered expeditious trial. The court also asked the CBI to provide all documents related to the case to Talwars by tomorrow evening as the defence counsel claimed that the agency was not providing them the requisite documents.

"The CBI has relied on 141 documents in the case but now they are saying that they are not relying on more than 96 documents. The court has directed them to provide all the documents by 8.30 PM tomorrow," Talwars` counsel Manoj Kumar Sisodia told reporters. He recalled that the court earlier on May 14 had ordered the CBI to provide documents to them by today.

While Rajesh Talwar is out on bail, Nupur was taken into custody on April 30 by a Ghaziabad court, before which she had surrendered on a direction by the Supreme Court, given to her after her repeated failure to appear before the court to face trial in the twin murder case. 14-year-old Aarushi was found dead with her throat slit at her Noida residence on May 16, 2008. The body of Hemraj was recovered from the terrace a day later.