Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Talwars acquitted in Aarushi murder case

Talwars acquitted in Aarushi murder case

The nine-year long ordeal of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar has come to an end today, as the Allahabad High Court has acquitted the couple in the case involving the murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in 2008.

One of the family members of Talwar said they are relieved and grateful to god for the verdict announced by Allahabad High Court, that has acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar of double murder charges in the Aarushi murder case on Thursday.

Aarushi was days short of turning 14 when she was found with her throat slit in her bedroom in 2008 in the Talwars' flat in Noida. Nupur and Rajesh Talwar have been serving their sentence in Ghaziabad's Dasna jail.

Jail sources said the couple were likely to walk free tomorrow. 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 apartment a day later.

"The couple was very happy.they said that justice had been done to them finally, " said an official of the Dasna jail in Ghaziabad, where the couple were now lodged.

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Overruling the trial court's judgment, the Allahabad High Court gave the benefit of doubt to the Aarushi's parents. "We always knew they were not guilty", Aarushi's maternal grandfather B.G. Chitnis said.

# I was in pain to see my daughter and son-in-law for the crime that they have not committed: Nupur Talwar's father. The police was accused by many for not doing their investigation properly and they were even accused of tempering the evidences. The CBI did not immediately say if it would appeal against the high court judgement.

The lawyer said between September 22, 2016 and January 11, when the Talwars' appeal, which ran into 3,000 pages, was heard, 16 circumstances were argued in court and that the defence "proved that not a single circumstance went against the couple".

After the state police failed to crack the case, the then UP chief minister Mayawati recommended a CBI probe to resolve the murder mystery.

CBI handed over the investigation to a new team in 2009, who suggested that the case should be closed as there were major gaps in the investigation. It, however, added that there was insufficient evidence against them.

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