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Aarushi Talwar murder: Mother jailed to await bail ruling

Nupur Talwar
Image caption Nupur Talwar has denied all charges

The mother of murdered Indian schoolgirl Aarushi Talwar has been jailed after a court rejected her interim bail application.

A second court is to hear another bail plea from Nupur Talwar on Tuesday.

The murders of Aarushi and her domestic help in 2008 shocked the country.

In January, the Supreme Court ordered the parents to stand trial. They had challenged a ruling from a lower court which said there was enough evidence to prosecute them.

The court had ruled that the couple should be charged with murder, destruction of evidence and criminal conspiracy.

The Talwars, both dentists, deny all the charges.

Investigation criticised

The District Sessions Court in Ghaziabad town, near Delhi, is due to announce its order on Dr Talwar's bail petition on Tuesday.

Officials said in the interim she would be taken to Dasna Jail in the district.

Earlier on Monday, the trial court magistrate rejected her petition for bail, saying granting bail did not come under her jurisdiction.

Dr Talwar's lawyers then filed her bail petition in the sessions court.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has said circumstantial evidence pointed to the parents' involvement in Aarushi's death, but there was a lack of hard evidence.

The gruesome tale of murder in an affluent Delhi suburb has generated huge interest in India.

Aarushi, 14, was murdered in her bedroom at the family home in the upmarket Noida district, while her parents slept.

She was found with her throat slit and a fatal head injury.

Image caption The mystery of 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar's death is one of India's most notorious unsolved murders

A day later, the bludgeoned body of their male domestic helper, Hemraj, was found on the roof.

Aarushi's father was arrested and later freed. Three other men, Dr Talwar's dental assistant and two servants employed by the family's friends and neighbours, were also questioned and released.

The CBI took over the inquiry from Noida police, whose investigation was widely criticised. Noida police were also reprimanded for statements they made during their investigation.

Days after the murder, a senior police officer told the media that Aarushi had been killed because she had discovered her father's alleged extramarital relationship with another dentist.

The same police officer also suggested the teenager could have been killed because Dr Talwar had objected to her close relationship with the murdered servant.

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