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Aarushi Talwar murder case verdict as it happened: Talwars 'not guilty' but they aren't proven innocent, says ex-CBI officer

The Allahabad High Court is likely to deliver its judgment on an appeal challenging the verdict of a CBI court which found Rajesh and Nupur Talwar guilty for the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj

FP Staff October 12, 2017 20:56:32 IST
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Aarushi Talwar murder case verdict as it happened: Talwars 'not guilty' but they aren't proven innocent, says ex-CBI officer

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12:41 (ist)

The world inside jail is less judgemental: Nupur Talwar

A new video interview of Nupur Talwar has come up on Youtube. In an interview with Vartika Nanda, a journalist who has worked on prison reforms, Nupur talks about her life in jail, about what she learnt from the harrowing experience of losing a child.

"The sort of love and respect we got in jail, we probably didn't get it even outside it. The world here is less judgmental, they don't question your character. The manner in which we were accused, the way in which people character-assassinated Aarushi...all this didn't happen here. People just accepted us. They gave us emotional support when we most wanted it. They always consoled us, that one day this prison sentence will end and we’ll walk out of this jail."

12:16 (ist)

Talwars to walk free after prison authorities receive order: Dasna prison jailer

"We have not received the court order as yet. We will release them once we get it," Dasna Jail Superintendent Dadhiram Maurya said.

He said there were two methods to complete the process of releasing a prisoner from jail. "Either the Allahabad High Court sends its order copy directly to jail authorities or it is sent through the CBI court concerned which awarded them life sentence," he said.

12:09 (ist)

RECAP: Nupur Talwar wanted an NGO in Aarushi's name

In an interview given two years back, Nupur Talwar had said that she wanted to start an NGO in her daughter Aarushi's name that could work for children, NDTV reported.

"I think if there is any way in which we can return to society, in Aarushi name, we will do it... I don't think it would be possible to go back to a routine life," she had said.

11:20 (ist)

Should botched investigations be criminalised?

Crucial evidence was lost due to the shoddy probes conducted by various authorities investigating the Aarushi Talwar murder case.

Experts are divided on whether shoddy or botched investigations should be criminalised and invite punishment.

"It would create an imbalance in the criminal justice system. A better method is for first responders to be adequately trained. Cops are trained but not fully to know what they will encounter," News18 quoted Niharika Karanjewala, a lawyer part of the defence team in the Aarushi murder case, as saying.

On the other hand, senior lawyer Mohit Paul said, "While we need to sensitize the law enforcement agencies, they should do a fair investigation. The job of judging who is right and wrong is that of the court. We need to criminalize botched investigations."

09:09 (ist)

CBI's shoddy probe exposed

The acquittal of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar highlights the "shoddy, motivated, and suspiciously perverted probe" done by the CBI in this case, says this DNA article.

Even though the first CBI team did not find any evidence against the Talwars, Ashwini Kumar — after becoming CBI director in July 2008 — disbanded the first team probing the case and a new team led by AGN Kaul began a new investigation.

Kaul's team "upended the findings of the first team and revived the theory that was being pondered by the media and Noida police, essentially, that Rajesh Talwar killed Aarushi and Hemraj in a fit of sudden grave provocation."

21:58 (ist)

A brief summary of the day's developments

  • The Allahabad High Court acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, in the 2008 murders of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, saying that the evidence was inconsequential to hold them guilty. The court decided to give the couple 'the benefit of doubt.'
  • The court said that the CBI hypothesis was not enough to convict the duo. The investigative agency could not corroborate its 'honour killing' theory, neither could it give evidence to completely rule out the possibility of an outsider entering the Talwars' Noida residence on the night of the crime. 
  • The Talwars are expected to walk out of Dansa prison by tomorrow afternoon after all the formalities are done. 
  • CBI is expected to challenge the acquittal in Supreme Court, however, the agency has said it will officially confirm its next move only after going through the voluminous judgment and consulting its legal team. 
  • The Talwars, meanwhile, are 'happy' after getting justice and their family is relieved after the high court ended the huge 'injustice meted out to them.'
  • The killer in the Aarushi case, however, remains at large. With Talwars' acquittal, the case is now back to square one as no new evidence can be collected in the case. There has been a divided opinion amid the judiciary over the narrative constructed from the available proof. While the lower court sought it fit to convict the Talwars of both murders and of destroying crucial evidence, the high court found that the case was not strong enough to convict the couple. 

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Oct 16, 2017 - 20:40 (IST)

Rajesh, Nupur Talwar walk out of jail sombre before heading home 

Just for a moment, the Talwars stood still.

Then they quietly walked out of Ghaziabad's Dasna jail, where they had spent four years over the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.

Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, both dentists, looked sombre as they stepped out of the main inner gate of the jail towards a car that was waiting for them outside at 4.55 pm. Read more here. 

Oct 16, 2017 - 19:59 (IST)

Our aim is to clear Aarushi's name, says Dinesh Talwar, Rajesh's brother

Hours after the Talwar's release, Dinesh Talwar, Rajesh's brother says Aarushi was a good girl and Hemraj wasn't a bad man. "Rajesh wants Aarushi's name to be cleared. That is our aim now," he says.

Oct 16, 2017 - 18:47 (IST)

Dasna prison jailor says Rajesh and Nupur will continue to treat inmates 

Oct 16, 2017 - 18:27 (IST)

Talwar family welcomes Nupur and Rajesh at Jal Vayu Vihar

Oct 16, 2017 - 18:24 (IST)

Watch Rajesh and Nupur Talwar return home

Oct 16, 2017 - 18:16 (IST)

At Jal Vayu Vihar, Rajesh's brother Dinesh Talwar hits out at media, appeals for privacy

Oct 16, 2017 - 18:11 (IST)

Talwar couple reaches Jal Vayu Vihar, the society where Aarushi was found dead 9.5 years ago

Oct 16, 2017 - 18:10 (IST)

Please restore my clients' dignity to them, says Talwar lawyer

"My clients were sold over and over again and it was a herculean task for us to fight not only against the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) but against a very strong public perception (of guilt)," Talwars' advocate Tanveer Ahmed Mir told NDTV

"They have been honourably exonerated. We have also been able to restore honour and dignity to the family, the slain girl and the domestic help.

"It is my humble request to everybody in the media that what was snatched from my clients, please restore that dignity to them. Please let them live in peace," he added. -IANS

Oct 16, 2017 - 17:56 (IST)

Hope clean acquittal helps them rebuild their lives, says sister-in-law Vandana Talwar

"I really hope the clean acquittal helps them rebuild their lives. Media has no idea what they have gone through in jail and I hope the media respect their privacy hereafter. It has been a long wait for us," said Vandana Talwar, sister-in-law of Rajesh.  

Oct 16, 2017 - 17:40 (IST)

Talwars' brother and lawyers take the couple home

Rajesh Talwar's brother Dinesh Talwar and their lawyers Manoj Sisodia and Tanveer Ahmed Mir received the couple at Dasna Jail. According to Section 437 (a) of the CrPC, the Talwars, even after their acquittal, will have to furnish a surety that they will be present in the court in case the state files an appeal in a higher court. -News 18

The Allahabad High Court is likely to deliver its judgment on an appeal challenging the verdict of a CBI court which found Rajesh and Nupur Talwar guilty for the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in 2008. A division bench of the high court comprising justices BK Narayana and AK Mishra had reserved the judgment on 7 September on the appeal filed by the dentist couple, fixing 12 October as the date for the verdict.

Aarushi Talwar murder case verdict as it happened Talwars not guilty but they arent proven innocent says exCBI officer

File image of Nupur and Rajesh Talwar. Image courtesy: News18

They are currently serving their sentence in Ghaziabad's Dasna jail. 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 the 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). Though a special CBI court in Ghaziabad in an 210-page exhaustive order had sentenced the couple with life imprisonment on 26 November 2013, a day after their conviction in the case, reports have claimed several discrepancies in the investigation that led to the couple's conviction in the case. In 2014, former CBI Director AP Singh had said there were "lacunae" in the probe carried out by the first CBI team under the then joint director Arun Kumar. Singh had said that Kumar was convinced that the parents of Aarushi were responsible for the double murder. In 2015, an hour-long video reportedly surfaced on YouTube which shows Krishna, Talwar's assistant, purportedly saying that Kumar asked him to own up the crime on the promise of getting his sentence reduced. Despite the conviction, the family members and friends of the Talwars continued to insist that the couple didn't commit the murder. In an open letter in 2015, Aarushi's grandfather had reportedly questioned the character assassination of Aarushi and her parents by the media and even the judgment that sent them to jail on a life term. The murder case also inspired a book and a film, both of which weighed in favour of the Talwars, thus giving rise to debate over the case. The Allahabad court's judgment is likely to bring fresh clarity on the case, and whether or not a grave injustice was done to the Talwars, as the couple's family and some legal experts have opined in the past. With inputs from PTI

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