"The family has lost everything," says Masooma Ranalvi, a close friend of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar who was with the family when the verdict convicting them of murder was announced by a special CBI court on Monday.
"I spoke to them after verdict was announced. I hugged them. They are completely shattered. They are two of the gentlest souls I have met in my life," said Ranalvi.
Among those present inside the courtroom which was packed with lawyers and police personnel were Nupur's parents. "They were in tears when they emerged from courtroom," said a reporter who had managed to enter the court complex. There was heavy security at the Ghaziabd court ahead of the verdict. The media was restricted from entering the court complex where the special court is located.
Explaining how the events unfolded, he said, "The Talwars remained standing during the hearing. When the judge pronounced the verdict they broke down. Once they had regained their composure they had a discussion with their lawyer who told them he will appeal against the verdict."
Nupur was then asked to hand over her belongings by a woman police officer and then escorted out of the courtroom, the reporter said.
Emotional scenes played out outside the courtroom with Rajesh's brother and his wife Vandana, also breaking down at hearing the news. Among friends present at the court were Anita Durrani, Ajay Chaddha and Ranalvi.
According to Satyaketu Singh, defence lawyer for the Talwars, the judge did not make any observations while announcing the verdict. "The judge only said accused had been held guilty of charges made against them."
Rajesh and Nupur have been convicted for the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, a crime committed five years ago on the intervening night of May 15-16, 2008. The Talwars have also been held guilty of destroying evidence and common intention. Rajesh has additionally been convicted of misleading the investigation by filing a false FIR.
The special CBI court will hear arguments today on quantum of sentence. Murder is punishable with life imprisonment and in rarest of rare cases punishable with the death penalty.
Published Date: Nov 26, 2013 12:53 pm | Updated Date: Nov 26, 2013 12:53 pm