Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Aarushi murder case: Allahabad High Court acquits Rajesh, Nupur Talwar

Aarushi-Hemraj double murder Key highlights Aarushi murder case: Allahabad High Court acquits Rajesh, Nupur Talwar
Melinda Barton | 12 October, 2017, 16:07

Noida: On Thursday, the Allahabad High Court acquitted Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Tawalr, who were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a Ghaziabad CBI court for killing their 14-year old daughter Aarushi Talwar.

The High Court pronounced its verdict on an appeal filed by the Aarushi's parents Dr Rajesh andNupur Talwar.

The CBI court while pronouncing its verdict had said that there is no direct evidence in the Aarushi Talwar murder case but it is clear that the prosecution has placed a clinching wealth of circumstances from which the guilt of both the accused has been made out to the extent human instruments can apprehend'.

In May 2008, Aarushi was found dead by her parents at their residence in Noida with her neck slit. There were wounds all over his body and the door to the terrace was found locked from inside. The police was suspecting that the househelp could be the murderer who was missing from the house.

On May 23, 2008, Rajesh Talwar was arrested and was kept in Dasna jail; on July 11, 2008, he was let off. Nupur surrendered in Ghaziabad court on April 30, 2012. Later, it was discovered by the CBI that the murder was done with precision, and a butcher or a doctor could have done it. I am grateful for the acquittal of Rajesh and Nupur. They (the Talwar couple) have really suffered.

At a point in the film, Irrfan's character Ashwin, the reluctant CBI officer who is handed the case, screams in frustration: Crime scene ko machhli bazaar banake rakkha hai!

The CBI court, presided by Additional Sessions Judge Shyam Lal, had, however, rejected the CBI's plea for death penalty in 2014. CBI has failed to prove their conviction and they have no chain of evidences to support their claim.

The CBI had suspected Aarushi's father Rajesh Talwar to commit the double murders based on circumstantial evidence, though the CBI did not convict him due to lack of proper evidence. It initially absolved the parents of conspiracy and murder but later held them responsible. Police said, Rajesh Talwar had murdered both the daughter and the helper seeing them in an undesired position.

In 2013, the court convicted Aarushi's parents and sentenced the couple to life imprisonment.

The three were later freed after no evidence was found against them.