Rajesh, Nupur Talwar challenge their conviction in Allahabad HC

The moved the court against a CBI court order awarding them life sentence for the murder of their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.

hidden January 22, 2014 12:06:13 IST
Rajesh, Nupur Talwar challenge their conviction in Allahabad HC

Allahabad: Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar on Tuesday moved the Allahabad High Court against a CBI court order awarding them life sentence for the murder of their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.

The petition filed by the couple is likely to come up before a bench for hearing on Thursday.

The couple had been sentenced to life imprisonment by a special CBI court at Ghaziabad on 26 November, 2013.

Aarushi was found dead, with her throat slit, inside the Talwars' Noida residence in May, 2008. Hemraj, who had gone missing, was initially suspected of being involved in the
crime until his body was recovered from the terrace a day later.

Rajesh Nupur Talwar challenge their conviction in Allahabad HC

Nupur and Rajesh Talwar during a previous court hearing. PTI

The sensational case was handed over to the CBI following outrage over the handling of the matter by the Uttar Pradesh police.

The trial court had pronounced its judgement accepting the probe agency's submission that the couple had killed Aarushi and Hemraj in a fit of rage after finding them in an
"objectionable position".

The CBI, after probing the murder for over two-and-half years, filed its closure report in the case in the Ghaziabad special CBI court, saying it had been unable to find out any
evidence to prosecute the Talwars.

The trial court, however, rejected the CBI closure report, saying there was enough prima facie material in the agency's report to put the couple on trial for their alleged
involvement in the twin murders and had issued summons to them to face trial.

The Talwars had subsequently moved the Allahabad High Court, which dismissed their pleas to quash the trial court summons and the proceedings initiated against them.

The Talwar couple then approached the apex court but were denied relief.

After a 15-month trial, Additional Sessions Judge Shyam Lal had held the Talwars guilty of murder and destruction of evidence in the twin killings on the intervening night of May 15 and 16, 2008, days before the birthday of the class nine student.

The father was also convicted for filing wrong information with the Noida police station about the incident. Denying the charges, the Talwars have claimed innocence in the matter.

PTI

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