New Delhi/Ghaziabad: In a major development in the 2008 twin murder case of Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj, the Supreme Court on Friday ruled out arrest of Nupur Talwar who was untraceable for almost two days after a Ghaziabad court issued non-bailable warrant against her.

The Apex Court while hearing Nupur’s plea seeking quashing of NBW against her, ruled out her arrest and referred the matter to Chief Justice SH Kapadia.

As soon as the proceedings on Nupur's plea began, a bench of justices A K Patnaik and J S Khehar expressed unhappiness over CBI's action against her and said she has to be protected.

Sensing the mood of the court, Additional Solicitor General Haren Raval, appearing for the investigating agency assured the court that no coercive action would be taken against her.

He informed the court that CBI was well aware of her movements but did not arrest her.

The bench after hearing Raval's contention said, "We have total faith in you" and referred Nupur Talwar's petition to the Chief Justice of India for its allocation to an appropriate bench for its hearing.

The bench said it had entertained Nupur's plea on Thursday under wrong impression that it was part of her review petition, being heard by it.

Nupur had on Thursday filed a plea in the Apex Court seeking quashing of the Ghaziabad court order of issuing non-bailable warrant (NBW) against her after she failed to appear before the court. However, the SC turned down her plea and fixed the hearing on Friday.

Soon after the special court issued non-bailable warrant against her on Wednesday, the CBI carried out searches at her Delhi residence.

The searches were carried out by a team of officials sporting blue jackets with bold CBI labels at the dentist couple Talwars' Azad Apartments residence in Hauz Khas in south Delhi.

The special CBI court judge Preeti Singh issued the warrant against Nupur for failing to appear before the court in Ghaziabad. The judge fixed April 18 as the next date of hearing and directed that Nupur be produced before it on that date.

The order was given on the application moved by the CBI seeking issuance of a warrant against Nupur, who was said to be not appearing before the court despite directions.

Nupur's husbad Rajesh Talwar, who appeared before the court, requested it to grant time to her but the CBI opposed it and filed an application for issuance of non-bailable warrant against her.

Teenage Aarushi found murdered

Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar's only daughter 14-year-old Aarushi had been found dead at the family's Noida residence on the night intervening May 15 and 16, 2008. The next day, the body of their servant Hemraj was also found on the terrace of the house.

Nupur had earlier moved both the Allahabad High Court and the Supreme Court but had failed to get any relief.

The High Court had on Tuesday denied her relief from arrest. Hearing on another application of advocate Sanjay Tyagi regarding the surgical gloves, allegedly used by the killers in Aarushi case, has been deferred by the court till the next date.

JPN/Agencies