Even if I am acquitted, my fight for justice will continue: Rajesh Talwar

Rajesh and his wife Nupur are on trial for the murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.

Pallavi Polanki October 25, 2013 15:32:36 IST
Even if I am acquitted, my fight for justice will continue: Rajesh Talwar

A year and four months after trial began, a special CBI court in Ghaziabad is expected to deliver its verdict in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case next month.

During the trial, the Talwars have often been at the receiving end of rejections and dismissals by courts of their pleas to be permitted access to CBI's investigative reports, that they've argued point to the involvement of outsiders.

'Delay tactics' has been the common theme of dismissal orders by the courts, the Supreme Court included, despite arguments by Talwars' defence lawyers that "jurisprudence of this country entitles me to alternative hypothesis on the basis of the material that is available with the investigating agency."

Describing the predicament they find themselves as "surreal", Rajesh Talwar said, "If I was a criminal would I be asking the investigating agencies to use international forensic procedures to conduct DNA tests?"

Rajesh and his wife Nupur are on trial for the murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.

"Even they acquit me, I am not going to let this go. I am going to make sure that those who did this to my child are brought to justice. I owe it to Aarushi," Rajesh said.

Even if I am acquitted my fight for justice will continue Rajesh Talwar

Rajesh Talwar was earlier arrested in connection with the case. PTI

While he has resumed his dental practice, life is far from normal for the Talwars.

"I can't even step out of my car at night without someone staring and pointing fingers at me... Can anyone give me my life back?" he said.

By the CBI's own admission there is no forensic evidence that connects the couple to the murders.Relying entirely on circumstantial evidence and the "last seen theory", the prosecution has argued that the Talwars tried to "mislead" the investigation and that they "destroyed" evidence.

The defence began its final arguments on Thursday. (Read full report here)

On 16 May, 2008, 14-year-old Aarushi was found murdered in her apartment in Noida. A day later, the body of domestic help Hemraj was discovered on the terrace of the three-storey apartment.

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