Incarcerated Nupur and Rajesh Talwars, who have been convicted for murdering their teenage daughter Aarushi and house help Hemraj in 2008, have approached the Bombay High court seeking stay on the release of a movie, 'Rahasya' purportedly based on the "distorted facts surrounding the gruesome death" of Aarushi. murder case.
A division bench of justices VM Kanade and Girish Kulkarni posted the petition for hearing on March 4.
The petition filed through advocate Neha Mehta, prays that the Central Bureau of Film Certifaction (CBFC) withdraw the U/A certification granted to the movie "Rahasya" which is being produced and directed by Manish Gupta.
On the intervening night of May 15 and 16, 2008, Aarushi and Hemraj were found murdered at their residence in Noida near Delhi.
The Talwars were convicted by a sessions court in Ghaziabad on November 26, 2013, and sentenced to life imprisonment. Their appeals against the conviction is pending before the Allahabad HC.
The Talwars came across interviews given by Gupta saying that a movie is being made based on the Aarushi murder case. They later learnt that the CBFC has granted U/A certificate to the movie.
The Talwars sent a legal notice to Gupta and UVI Films Production limited on February 17 seeking a private exhibition of the movie before its release. However, they did not receive any reply.
According to the Talwars, the movie would ridicule and create an atmosphere against them in public mind. "It would paint the petitioners in the wrong light and would be defamatory," the petition said.
Seeking a stay on the release of the movie, the petition reads: "It is apparent that the movie is based on a distortion of facts surrounding the gruesome murder of their daughter Aarushi and portrays the petitioners and their daughter in a bad light and castes slur on their reputation."
Seeking a stay on the release and telecast of the film, the Talwars have said that the whole case is sub-judice as their appeal is pending with the Allahabad HC. The movie purportedly shows them as murderers.
Also, the director or the producer have not approached the Talwars to seek their prior for the movie.