Ending speculations that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) might arrest Nupur Talwar outside the court, the Supreme Court on Friday directed the CBI not to arrest her till it hears her plea for anticipatory bail and stay on non-bailable warrant in connection to the double murder case.
The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) S H Kapadia is scheduled to hear Nupur Talwar's plea next week.
The CBI on Wednesday looked for Nupur at her residences in Noida and Delhi after a special court issued non-bailable warrant against her for not appearing before it. She was untraceable for the last couple of days but appeared before the Supreme Court on Friday.
The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to hear Nupur's plea to cancel the warrant and directed her to appear before the court on Friday.
Meanwhile, the CBI has reportedly agreed not to arrest the accused in Aarushi murder case following the court's directive.
The special CBI court had on March 14 asked Nupur, the prime suspect in Aarushi murder case, to appear before the court within 30 days but she didn't turn up while her husband Rajesh Talwar did. Her lawyer sought the court to exempt her from appearing as the plea against the apex court's order to face trial was still pending.
Aarushi Talwar, a 14-year-old girl, was found murdered in her bedroom at Noida house, Uttar Pradesh, with her throat slit on May 16, 2008. Hours later, another dead body was found on the terrace, which was identified as that of Talwars' servant Hemraj.
The police arrested Aarushi's father Rajesh Talwar on May 23, charging him of the double murder. Rajesh confessed to killing his daughter and the manservant to the police but later retracted his confession. His wife Dr. Nupur Talwar accused the Noida police of framing her husband.
The public outcry on the shoddy investigation by the Uttar Pradesh police forced the government to hand over the case to the CBI. After taking over the case on June 1, 2008, the CBI formed a 25-member team to investigate on the double murder case.