New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing on the bail plea of Nupur Talwar, who is in Dasna jail since April 30 for her alleged role in the sensational double murder of her daughter Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj, till September 17.

The CBI told the court that there are 13 material witnesses in the case who can be influenced if Nupur Talwar is let out on bail.

A division bench of the apex court directed the CBI, who is the probe/ investigating agency in the brutal murder case, to expedite examination of these 13 witnesses.

It also asked Nupur to participate in the hearing of the case.

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 on 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 accused Nupur Talwar, contended before the court that his client 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’s passport was with the trial court, thus, she won't run away. A CBI special court in Ghaziabad had framed charges against Aarushi's parents --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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