Partially accepting a plea of dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, a special CBI court on Tuesday allowed to record the statements of seven witnesses out of the list of 13 persons the accused couple had submitted.
However, the court rejected two other pleas of the dentist couple, in which they had sought reports of scientific tests and demanded a number of exhibits to be examined by their DNA expert.
Additional Sessions Judge Shyam Lal said that the defence witnesses can depose before the court from June 20. The court rejected the demand of Talwars to summon former Uttar Pradesh ADG (crime and law &order) Arun Kumar as defence witness.
The seven defence witnesses, on which the court agreed, include Dr RK Sharma, former HOD of forensic science at AIIMS, Dr Urmil Sharma, a gynaecologist and emeritus consultant at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in Delhi, Dr Amulya Chadda, a dentist and Mahendra Sharma, a carpenter.
CBI Judge Shyam Lal also directed CBI to produce the golf stick in the court at the time of the recording of statements of Dr RK Sharma.
Sharma is likely to give his opinion on golf stick in court on June 20. CBI investigating officer A G L Kaul had told the courtthat Rajesh Talwar brutally hit Aarushi and Hemraj with theirgolf stick "after finding them in a compromising condition".
"Our two applications regarding submission of scientifictest reports, other documents, and exhibits to be examined bydefence's DNA expert were rejected.
However, the court partially accepted our defence witness list, allowing 7 out of13 to record their statements," said Manoj Sisodia, Talwars'counsel.
The judge, however, dropped the names of Arun Kumar, Dr Richa Sexena, SL Vaya, expert at FSL in Gujarat Nodal officerof Airtel, Nodal officer of Vodafone, Arun Kumar, UP ADG(crime and law &order), and registrar at Supreme Court to summon them as defence witnesses, he said.
Court said that Arun Kumar, the then CBI joint director,gave his statements in the media at a stage when the probe waspending, so he could not be summoned as defence witness. The court said that there is no need of putting reportsof brain mapping, polygraph test, narco analysis test andpsychological test on court record.