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There's some hope for Nupur.

THE framing of charges will mark the beginning of trial in the Arushi Talwar murder case but her mother Nupur has a chance of walking free before facing the trial.

The Supreme Court ( SC) has reserved its order on whether Nupur had been rightly summoned in the case by the Ghaziabad magistrate after taking cognisance of the final report filed by the CBI. If the SC allows Nupur's plea, subsequent proceedings leading to the framing of charges would be a nullity.

Such a rare situation has arisen because a bench comprising Justices A. K. Patnaik and J. S. Khehar had agreed to consider Nupur's review petition but refused to stay the ongoing proceedings before the trial court.

Nupur, who seemed to be out of the CBI scanner during the investigation, was summoned by the magistrate after the CBI filed its final report.

She, however, challenged the summons before the Allahabad High Court and before the apex court after the high court refused to interfere.

A bench comprising Justices A. K. Ganguly and Khehar dismissed her petition on January 6. Nupur, however, filed a review petition.

Justice Patnaik replaced Justice Ganguly, who had retired by the time the review came up for consideration. The new bench decided to have a relook and reserved its order after a marathon hearing.

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Date:May 25, 2012
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