After spending four years in prison, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar will be released from Dasna jail on Monday, four days after the Allahabad High Court acquitted them of the murder of their daughter Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj.
The dentist couple is expected to be released later in the day, after a certified copy of the high court order is sent to the special CBI Court in Ghaziabad, which had convicted them in 2013. Once this is done, the certified copy will be sent to Dasna prison authorities, following which Nupur and Rajesh can be released.
The order's copy was received by the Talwars' lawyers late on Friday evening due to which the couple's release was delayed. Saturday and Sunday were court holidays.
"We have received a certified copy of the order of the Allahabad High Court. It is expected that they (Rajesh and Nupur) will walk out of the jail on Monday," said Vandana Talwar, Aarushi's aunt.
Meanwhile, the Talwars' kin are relieved, and say they will look forward to celebrating Diwali with Rajesh and Nupur at home.
"Once Nupur and Rajesh are released, we will invite our family and friends to celebrate Diwali. This year, we will miss Aarushi very much. The last nine years were the most painful years of my life. Since Aarushi died, we have been through a lot. Wherever she is, she must be happy to see her parents getting justice," Nupur's father BG Chitnis told India Today.
Rajesh and Nupur are lodged at the Dasna prison in Ghaziabad since November 2013. According to jail authorities, the couple had been helping out with inmates' dental treatment. Since the high court verdict came out on Thursday, reports said, the couple has been attending to a rush of inmates.
Usually, Rajesh sees around 15-20 patients at his clinic, but he attended to over 40 patients on Friday, as news spread that the couple is expecting to be released soon, the officials said.
He said that on normal days, Rajesh used to treat patients from 8 am till noon, but on Friday he sat at his clinic till 1 pm. Some of the patients were also curious about the Talwars' legal battle and asked Rajesh how they pursued the case. The couple has said that they will continue to visit the jail every 15 days, even after their release to attend to the inmates.
Dasna jail doctor Sunil Tyagi said that Nupur, who is also a dentist, did not see any patients on Friday and instead spent some time with the children of inmates at the jail creche.
Asked whether the Talwar couple has met since the Allahabad High Court order, jail superintendent Dadhiram Ram said that they were allowed to meet for 10 minutes on Thursday. The couple also read almost all newspapers provided to them, the officials said.
With inputs from agencies
Updated Date: Oct 16, 2017 11:51 AM