New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing till next week on the petition filed by Nupur Talwar seeking bail in the double murder of her daughter Aarushi and the family's domestic help Hemraj in 2008.

A division bench comprising Justices AK Pattnaik and JS Khehar deferred the hearing, after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who is the probe agency in the brutal double murder case, told the Apex Court that it needed one more week time to file a counter affidavit.

Nupur Talwar had moved the Supreme Court challenging the May 31, 2012, Allahabad High Court order which had rejected her bail plea. She was taken into custody April 30 and is lodged in Dasna jail in Ghaziabad district since then.

The apex court had last month issued a notice to the CBI after senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi, lawyer appearing for Nupur Talwar, contended before the court that Nupur Talwar had been in custody for the last three months and there was no reason for her continued incarceration.

The senior counsel told the court that Nupur Talwar's passport was with the trial court, thus, she won't run away. A CBI special court in Ghaziabad had framed charges against the Aarushi's parents and dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the double murder case under various sections, including, 302 (Murder), 34 (Common intention to commit crime) and 201 (Destruction of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

In addition, the court charged Rajesh Talwar under Section 203 (Giving false information in respect of an offence committed) of the IPC.
14-year-old Aarushi was allegedly found dead in her bedroom at the Talwar's residence at Jalvayu Vihar, Noida, on the intervening night of May 16-17, 2008. The body of Hemraj was found on May 17 on the terrace.

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