Trial in Aarushi-Hemraj twin murder case begins

 Rajesh and Nupir Talwar file photoFour years after teenager Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj were found killed, the trial against accused dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar began here today.

The CBI, which probed the case, has sought examination of three of its witnesses which include a UP electricity department official Rajesh Kumar and a state police cameraman Chunni Lal, who had taken the photographs of crime scene besides forensic expert A D Saha.

In a setback to Aarushi's mother Nupur Talwar, the Supreme Court had yesterday dismissed her review petition challenging the summons issued by the special CBI court here in the murder case and warned her of "exemplary costs" for any frivolous litigation in future.

A bench of justices A K Patnaik and J S Khehar had also dismissed Nupur's plea for further probe into the crime and dismissed her bail plea, terming it as "infructuous."

The trial, which was slated to start on June 4, had been deferred following a lawyers' agitation.

Special CBI Judge S Lal has ordered Rajesh and Nupur Talwar to be tried for the alleged murder of the teenager and their domestic servant Hemraj on the intervening night of May 15-16, 2008.

Lal has also charged Rajesh with misleading the probe by filing an FIR with Noida Police alleging that Hemraj had killed his daughter in their Jalvayu Vihar residence. The body of Hemraj was found in the terrace of the house on May 17.

Both Nupur and Rajesh have pleaded "not guilty" and have decided to face the trial.

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