In a major relief for Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, the Allahabad High Court on Thursday overruled the trial court judgment in the Aarushi Talwar murder case and declared them both innocent. The court acquitted them, saying no conviction can stand on the basis of mere suspicion.
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Rajesh and Nupur Talwar had filed an appeal challenging a CBI court order convicting them in the murder of Aarushi and their domestic help Hemraj in 2008. The couple was awarded life sentence by a special CBI court in Ghaziabad on 26 November 2013, a day after their conviction. The Allahabad High Court judges said that the CBI failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the Talwars are guilty. "The chain of evidence they have showcased is inconclusive."
Their lawyer Rebecca John said the evidence presented by the CBI "did not stand judicial scrutiny and that is the end of it".
After the verdict, Aarushi's grandfather talked to CNN-News18 and said that he is grateful for the "positive" judgment and he always knew that Nupur and Rajesh were innocent. He also thanked the media for their support.
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The Talwars saw the verdict from a TV placed in their barracks, sources in Dasna prison told CNN-News18. They did not have breakfast as they were anxious about the outcome of the case.
The Dasna jail superintendent relayed the reaction of Nupur and Rajesh Talwar after the verdict to the media. He said both are very emotional and happy that they have got justice. He added that once the jail gets a direction from the court, they will be released.
It remains to be seen what will happen next. The CBI said that they are waiting for a copy of the judgment and will decide the next course of action after studying it.
The Special CBI court in Ghaziabad had previously sentenced the Talwars to rigorous imprisonment for life.
"The accused Dr Rajesh Talwar and Dr Nupur Talwar are convicted under sections 302 read with section 34 and section 201 read with section 34 IPC. Dr Rajesh Talwar is also convicted under section 203 IPC. Both the accused are sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for life under section 302 read with section 34 IPC with a fine of Rs 10,000 each and in default of payment of fine to undergo six months simple imprisonment and to five years rigorous imprisonment under section 201 read with section 34 IPC."
Fourteen-year-old Aarushi was found dead inside her room in the Talwars' Noida residence with her throat slit in May 2008. The needle of suspicion had initially moved towards 45-year-old Hemraj, who had gone missing but his body was recovered from the terrace of the house two days later.
As the Uttar Pradesh Police drew flak over a shoddy investigation into the case which was making national headlines, the then chief minister Mayawati handed over the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
With inputs from agencies
Updated Date: Oct 12, 2017 16:18 PM