Allahabad High Court Finds Talwars Not Guilty In Daughter Aarushi’s Murder Case
- IWB Post
- October 12, 2017
The Allahabad High Court has acquitted Nupur and Rajesh Talwar in the murder case of their daughter, 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj.
The HC observed that only circumstantial evidence is available against the parents which do not state ground for conviction. This kind of harsh punishment even Supreme Court doesn’t award. The parents are acquitted on the benefit of doubt. The court also ordered immediate release of the couple from jail.
The verdict comes four years after a special CBI court in Ghaziabad held the parents guilty, awarding them life imprisonment. Talwars had filed an appeal challenging their conviction. The high court bench comprising justices BK Narayana and AK Mishra reserved its judgment on September 7 and had fixed October 12 as the date for the verdict.
Aarushi Talwar was found murdered in her bedroom at the family’s residence in Noida’s Jal Vayu Vihar on May 16, 2008. Her throat was slit and her head bludgeoned. The police initially suspected their domestic help, Hemraj, but a day later his body too was found on the roof of the apartment building where the Talwars lived.
Rajesh Talwar was arrested seven days after the murder and spent two months in jail before getting bail. Both Rajesh and his wife, Nupur, have been in jail since November 2013.
The case became a sensational story dividing public opinion on who killed Aarushi; a book and a film have been made on the double murder.
The CBI had asked for the death penalty when the Talwars were convicted by a local court in Ghaziabad four years ago.
Early in the investigation, the Noida police alleged Rajesh Talwar had murdered Aarushi and Hemraj in a rage after finding them in a compromising situation. But they offered no forensic or material evidence to substantiate this claim.
The Talwars deny the murder and blame sensational media coverage for demonizing them and damaging their defence.
The judge who found them guilty four years ago said they had also destroyed evidence.
The initial police investigation was widely criticized, prompting the CBI to take over the case. It based its prosecution largely on circumstantial evidence, but said it was enough to prove that the couple had committed the crime.
In December 2010, the CBI told the court that it had no evidence in the case but suspected Rajesh Talwar of the double murder. The court said that the case could not be closed.
The CBI has said that there’s no evidence of the Talwars’ home being broken into, which suggests the double murder was an inside job. It has also argued the “last-seen theory” — which holds that the victims were last seen with the Talwars on the night that the murders were committed.
Talwars revive dental department at Dasna jail
In four years that Nupur and Dr Rajesh Talwar have been locked in Ghaziabad’s Dasna jail, the dentist couple has helped in reviving the near-defunct dental department at the jail hospital.
“After they arrived, we requested them to consider serving the inmates. Our dental department at the jail hospital was almost shut and complaints were growing from inmates having dental issues. We could not send most of them to government hospitals outside as it meant deploying police personnel each time,” said an officer from Dasna jail.
Once they took up the job, jail officials procured more equipment. Other doctors also started arriving. “Now, no inmate from the jail is sent outside for the treatment of dental problems. Nupur Talwar treats women while Rajesh is assigned to treat male inmates. They have done their job with utmost professionalism,” he added.