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SC reserves order on shifting of Aarushi murder trial

February 27, 2012 17:39 IST

The Supreme Court on Monday reserved its verdict on dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar's plea for shifting the trial against them in the case of the murder of their daughter Aarushi from Ghaziabad to Delhi.

A bench of justices B S Chauhan and J S Khehar also asked the trial court, which is to hear the case on February 29, to adjourn it for one week.

Pleading to shift the trial to Delhi, the couple has submitted that it has been a traumatic experience for them to go to Ghaziabad to face the trial and that they also face security threat there.

Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for them, has submitted that it would be better to hold the trial in the national capital as it would not only be convenient to them but also for the witnesses and the prosecuting agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The CBI, however, has opposed the plea, saying that there has been attempt on the part of the couple to delay the trial and has assured the court that proper security arrangement would be made for them in Ghaziabad.

Additional Solicitor General Haren Raval has said that there were some hidden motives behind filing of the plea and that the petition for transfer of the case might have been filed as section 438 of the Criminal Procedure Code (relating to anticipatory bail) is not applicable in Uttar Pradesh.

On January 6, the apex court had cleared the decks for the couple's trial in the murder case by dismissing their plea to quash criminal proceedings against them.

The bench had refused to interfere with the lower court's order, saying there was nothing wrong in the magistrate's order of taking cognisance of the charge sheet summoning them.

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