Aarushi-Hemraj murder case as it happened: Our aim is to clear Aarushi's name, says Rajesh Talwar's brother Dinesh

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Aarushi-Hemraj murder case as it happened: Our aim is to clear Aarushi's name, says Rajesh Talwar's brother Dinesh
  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 18:47 (IST)

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

  • 18:27 (IST)

    Talwar family welcomes Nupur and Rajesh at Jal Vayu Vihar

  • 18:24 (IST)

    Watch Rajesh and Nupur Talwar return home

  • 18:16 (IST)

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

  • 18:11 (IST)

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

  • 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

  • 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.  

  • 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

  • 17:34 (IST)

    Police escort Talwar couple to Nupur's parents' home

    Police escorted the couple to Nupur's parents' house in Noida's Jalvayu Vihar, the same locality where they stayed when their daughter and their domestic help were murdered in 2008.

    There was mayhem on the road outside the jail with mediapersons scrambling to capture the Talwar couple walking out.

    "A conspiracy had been hatched to implicate our clients," said the couple's lawyer Tanveer Ahmed Mir after their release, which comes just two days ahead of Diwali. - PTI

  • 17:19 (IST)

    'We have waited for this for 10 years'

    "Nothing can make us happier. Media sells misery and pain. We have waited for this for 10 years," says Talwar lawyer, says Tanveer Ahmed Mir. We are glad to have overturned the verdict and fought against CBI and media perceptions, Mir added.

  • 17:15 (IST)

    Visuals of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar walking out of Dasna jail

  • 17:12 (IST)

    This is what Rajesh and Nupur Talwar deserved, says couple's lawyer

    "Allahabad HC's decision is a stamp on Rajesh, Nupur Talwar's innocence. This is what they deserved," says Tanveer Ahmed Mir, Talwar's lawyer

  • 17:11 (IST)

    Glimpses from Ghaziabad following Rajesh and Nupur Talwar 's release

  • 17:04 (IST)

    Talwar couple tastes freedom after four long years

  • 16:59 (IST)

    Talwars walk free after four years

    Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar on Monday evening walked out of Dasna jail here after the Allahabad High Court order acquitting them of the murder of their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj reached the CBI court.

    The two, carrying bags, were escorted by a posse of policemen as they emerged out of jail, and stood for a while as the waiting photographers clicked them. - IANS

  • 16:56 (IST)

    Talwars' lawyers enter Dasna Jail

  • 16:47 (IST)

    Talwars' release papers reach Dasna Jail

    Rajesh and Nupur Talwar's release papers have reached Ghaziabad's Dasna Jail. The dentist couple is expected to walk out of the jail at 5 pm amid heavy security.

  • 16:05 (IST)

    No clarity yet on whether Talwars would wish to take the case to find daughter's murderers to Supreme Court

  • 16:02 (IST)

    Talwars to be given additional security till they reach home

  • 16:01 (IST)

    Formalities in court over, focus on Dasna Jail

    The CBI court in Ghaziabad issued the order after lawyer Satyaketu Singh submitted the certified copy of the Allahabad High Court judgment to CBI judge Rajesh Chaudhary. 

    The documents were verified by the court and the release order was issued at 3.30 pm. -IANS

  • 15:57 (IST)

    'We submitted copy of acquittal in court and presented witnesses'

  • 15:45 (IST)

    It will take 45 minutes to one hour for formalities to be completed after release of order, says Talwar lawyer

  • 15:36 (IST)

    Formalities of release process started; Talwars likely to walk free by 5 pm

  • 15:34 (IST)

    Talwar couple's release order issued at Ghaziabad court

  • 15:07 (IST)

    Why was the Talwar couple's release delayed?

    The delay in the Talwar couple's release, even after their acquittal, was attributed to court holidays and the fact that the certified copy of the Allahabad High Court order acquitting them failed to reach the prison authorities on Friday. 

    The jail authorities can only release a person after they receive the certified copy of the court's order directing their release. The copy of the judgement is usually sent by post to the prison authorities, or the person's lawyer can submit it in person.

    In the Talwar couple's case, their lawyers received the copy of the judgement only late on Friday evening. Read more here.

  • 14:55 (IST)

    Rajesh, Nupur to go to Nupur's father's home after release

    Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are likely to go to Nupur's father's home in Noida's Jalvay Vihar, the complex they lived in when their daughter Aarush was murdered, after their release from Dasna jail on Monday. 

    B G Chitnis, Nupur's father and a former group captain in the Indian Air Force, owns a flat in the same society. "After their release from jail, Rajesh and Nupur Talwa will go to Noida Sector 25 Jalvayu Vihar where the house is owned by me," Chitnis. PTI

  • 12:12 (IST)

    Rajesh, Nupur Talwar's release could be delayed due to protests at Ghaziabad court

  • 11:47 (IST)

    Want a life away from media attention: Nupur Talwar's father BG Chitnis

  • 11:43 (IST)

    CBI skipped 'crucial test' because it was 'expensive'

    According to a report in Deccan Chronicle, CBI, which was flayed by the Allahabad High Court for 'misreably failing' to prove that the Talwars had destroyed material evidence, did not undertake a crucial forensic test despite the fact that the crime scene was contaminated badly. 

    The premium investigation agency, reportedly cited the unusualy high cost as the reason behind its decision to skip the Touch-DNA test, for which samples had to be sent to UK. 

  • 11:17 (IST)

    Police to escort Talwar couple home due to security concerns

  • 11:03 (IST)

    Talwar couple to visit Sai temple after release

    According to CNN-News18, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar will visit the Shirdi Sai temple in Noida Sector 16, soon after their release. 

  • 10:39 (IST)

    Rajesh, Nupur Talwar to be released after 3 pm

  • 10:37 (IST)

    Talwars' to continue to visit prison for treatment of inmates

    The dentist couple had helped revive the near "defunct" dental department at the prison hospital and they will continue to visit the prison every 15 days to help with the treatment of inmates, a jail official said

    Tyagi said besides prisoners, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar have also been treating jail staff, police officials and their children. Sources in the jail said Rajesh Talwar's brother Dinesh Talwar, who is an ophthalmologist, would also visit the prison every 15 days along with his team to see patients.

  • 10:28 (IST)

    'Talwars could have earned 49,000 in jail for treating inmates': Dasna jail authorities laud dentist couple for free service

  • 09:58 (IST)

    Talwar family to visit Dasna prison to welcome Rajesh, Nupur 

    Nupur Talwar's father and some other members of the family are likely to visit the Dasna prison today ahead of the dentist couple's release today. The family will leave for Ghaziabad court around noon from their Noida residence. 

  • 08:53 (IST)

    Nupur and Rajesh Talwar to be released today

    A certified copy of the Allahabad High Court verdict was handed over to the Talwars' lawyers late in Friday evening, which will today be submitted in the Ghaziabad CBI court, which will direct jail authorities to begin formalities for Rajesh and Nupur Talwar's release. The Talwar couple is likely to be released later in the afernoon. 

  • 08:50 (IST)

    Updates for 16 October begin

  • 22:09 (IST)

    CBI concocted murder theories, claims former Talwar lawyer Rebecca John

    Calling it a long and emotional fight, the Talwars' ex-lawyer Rebecca John told CNN-News18, "CBI didn't look at facts. It went out of its way to establish it's own theory."

  • 22:06 (IST)

    Talwars' former lawyer Rebecca John says CBI ignored facts

  • 20:23 (IST)

    Cannot rule out possibility of presence of outsider in Talwars' flat, says Allahabad HC

    The Allahabad High Court has said that the possibility of presence of outsiders and persons other than domestic help Hemraj in the Noida residence of the Talwars could not be ruled on the fateful night in the Aarushi murder case.

    On the basis of the record and statements of witnesses, Justices BK Narayana and AK Mishra said a clear and credible evidence of alternative hypothesis available on record substantially demolished the prosecution's theory that the crime was committed by 14-year-old Aarushi's parents Nupur and Rajesh Talwar alone.

    "The possibility of the presence of other persons and the outsiders besides Hemraj having accessed to the apartment on the fateful night cannot be ruled out and the clear and credible evidence of alternative hypothesis available on record substantially demolishes the prosecution's theory that the crime was committed by the appellants alone as there was no proof of any outsiders having accessed...the apartment," it said.

    Read more here

  • 19:51 (IST)

    Mediapersons crowd near the entrance of Dasna jail in Ghaziabad expecting Talwars' release

  • 19:32 (IST)

    Allahabad HC dismisses CBI theory that Talwars' killed Aarushi, Hemraj after finding about their 'sexual relations'

    The judgment said there was no evidence to support that Rajesh and Nupur Talwar killed their daughter and servant in a fit of rage and grave provocation, reported News18. Furthermore, the court dismissed the postmortem doctor's testimony about sexual relations between Aarushi and Hemraj.

    “We have no hesitation in holding that the prosecution has failed to prove by any reliable or cogent evidence, the motive suggested by the prosecution for the appellants to commit the double murder, i.e. the deceased being caught in the midst of a sexual act on the fateful night by Dr Rajesh Talwar who suddenly got so gravely provoked that he committed their murder,” the high court said.

  • 19:20 (IST)

    Aarushi murder can be solved only if CBI admits to loopholes, says author Avirook Sen

    Speaking to Moneycontrol.comauthor of the book Aarushi, Avirook Sen said, "Until the time the CBI acknowledges their mistakes, there will be no resolution."

    Sen, who has been supporting Talwars' release, expressed his relief on their acquittal. "The gross miscarriage of justice that occurred in Ghaziabad four years ago has been corrected in Allahabad on Thursday," he said. 

  • 19:06 (IST)

    Allahabad HC points to possibility of evidence tampering 

    The judgment also notes that the investigating agency tampered with the evidence during the course of the investigation . The State claimed that a golf club was used to effect the murder, but the golf club was not kept properly during the course of the investigation and the court explicitly records that it was tampered with.

    Now, why did the agency leave the heads of the golf clubs uncovered? The DNA evidence (if any) would have been on the head of the golf club, but the agency failed to preserve the evidence resulting in the evidence being tampered with. There is a rule in Indian Law called the best evidence rule. What it means is if one is leading evidence about something, it must be the best available evidence that they can lead. But in this case, by failing to preserve the evidence, the agency failed to ensure that the best evidence was available. This put the entire DNA report in doubt. Though they also failed to establish the golf club was the weapon used to commit the crime.

  • 18:53 (IST)

    Aarushi murder case perfect example of what's wrong with India's investigative agencies

    Throughout the judgement of the Allahabad High Court, one sees the many lapses by the CBI, some procedural and some that led to the evidence itself being tampered. 

    For example with respect to the admissibility of the internet records. The State sought to rely on usage logs provided by Airtel to show that the Talwars were not asleep at the time they claimed they were. There was a lot of information to this effect including a new dynamic IP being assigned to their router around 2 am in the morning. These logs were at Kar 21 and 22 of the record. However, the CBI failed to adhere to the necessary procedural guidelines required to submit electronic records. In 2000, the Parliament passed the Information Technology Act which amended the law of evidence allowing for electronic records to be made admissible. All the law requires is that the person relying on the electronic record submit a certificate under Section 65B of the Evidence Act, 1872 to make the record admissible. The certificate basically needs to say that the print out is the exact reproduction of what is in the system. 

    "The evidence relating to the electronic record being a special provision, the general law on secondary evidence under Section 63 read with Section 65B of the Evidence Act shall yield to the same. The certificate issued under Section 65B must conform to the requirements prescribed under Section 65B of the Evidence Act. Thus in view of the law declared by the Apex Court in the case of P.V. Anvar (supra), the CDRs Ext. Ka21 and Ext. Ka22 were not admissible in evidence as the same were not accompanied by the certificate in terms of Section 65B obtained at the time of taking the document, without which, the secondary evidence pertaining to the aforesaid electronic records was inadmissible." (Para 124 of the Main Opinion)

    A simple procedural requirement mandated under law, rendered the two pieces of evidence inadmissible. All the inference that the State attempted to draw form those two pieces was also consequently left inadmissible. 

  • 18:45 (IST)

    Talwars' routine in the jail after acquittal

    Sources told News18 that Nupur Talwar spoke to other prisoners on how their cases. "She got done with her morning pooja, then interacted with children and other women prisoners. The other prisoners asked her how to go about their cases so as to get acquitted. She didn’t do anything else, and just stayed in her cell," said sources. 

    Nupur's husband, Rajesh Talwar went to his clinic at 8 am. "Usually he sees 15-20 patients a day, but on Friday he attended to almost 50 patients till 1 pm. There were people who wanted to meet him and made special requests for seeing him for their medical concerns since they all knew he could leave anytime," according to sources. 

  • 18:39 (IST)

    'Aarushi wanted to be a pediatrician,' says grandmother

    Speaking to CNN-News18 in her Jalvayu Vihar Apartment, Nupur Talwar's mother and Aarushi grandmother Lata Chitnis said, "Aarushi wanted to be a pediatrician. She was a bright girl. We never could have imagined all that has happened to our family. I remember everything as it were yesterday."

    She was relieved upon hearing the judgment. "Both my daughter and Son-in-law have suffered beyond imagination. I'm so relieved after high court's judgement. I can't wait for them to return home," she said.

  • 18:28 (IST)

    'Graver the crime, greater should be the standard of proof'

    The Allahabad High Court has said the circumstances of the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case on being collectively considered did not lead to the "irresistible conclusion" that Nupur and Rajesh Talwar alone were the perpetrators of crime in question.

    In their 273-page verdict, Justices BK Narayana and AK Mishra said in view of the principles propounded by the Supreme Court they were adopting the view favourable to the Talwars.

    They quoted an apex court ruling that underlined "graver the crime, greater should be the standard of proof".

    - PTI

The Talwar couple, who have been acquitted in the 2008 murder case of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, are likely to be released from Dasna Jail on Monday.

The Talwars have been lodged in Dasna jail since November 2013 in connection with the twin murders. Dasna Jail Superintendent Dadhiram Maurya said, "we have not received the court order as yet. We will release them once we get it."

File image of Aarushi Talwar's father Rajesh Talwar. PTI

File image of Aarushi Talwar's father Rajesh Talwar. PTI

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.

"In 99 percent cases we get order copy through post. If we are handed over the hard copy of the order we will release them," Maurya added.

The Allahabad High Court had on Thursday acquitted the Talwars in the case, saying neither the circumstances nor the evidence was enough to hold them guilty.

The verdict ends, at least for now, the nine-year ordeal of the Noida couple who were sentenced to life by a Ghaziabad CBI court on 28 November, 2013 for the double murders that not only transfixed but also shook the nation with its element of filicide.

With the acquittal, the central question in the bizarre mystery resurfaces — who killed the 14-year-old girl and the 45-year-old man.


Updated Date: Oct 16, 2017 20:45 PM

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