Rajesh, Nupur Talwar acquitted, to walk out of Dasna jail tomorrow


The Allahabad High court on Thursday allowed the appeals filed by Dr. Nupur Talwar and Dr. Rajesh Talwar in the murder case of their daughter Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj and has set aside the sentence of life imprisonment award by CBI court at Ghaziabad.

The Uttar Pradesh Police accused Rajesh Talwar of killing his daughter in a fit of rage after he allegedly found Aarushi in a compromising situation with Hemraj.

The high court verdict today ends a nine-year ordeal of the parents who were found guilty of murdering 14-year-old Aarushi by a CBI court.

The girl was found in a pool of blood inside her room by Rajesh and Nupur Talwar.

Jail sources said the couple were likely to walk free tomorrow.

Former CBI Director A.P. Singh, who then headed the agency when it took over the case, said: "There were loopholes in our investigation and that is why we had closed the case saying it was inconclusive".

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Dileep Kumar, counsel for the Talwars, said, "The honourable High Court judges did not agree with this and said many other circumstances could be possible". The verdict was given under tight security at the Allahabad High Court.

Although the court verdict has put an end to an nearly a decade long legal process, several people on Twitter asked the most pressing question of 'who killed Aarushi?' Some of them even expressed concern if the Aarushi murder case will ever be untangled?

Filmmakers Vishal Bhardwaj and Meghna Gulzar, in their critically acclaimed movie "Talvar" on the murder case, presented alternative narratives of what could have happened on the night of May 16, 2008, when Aarushi was found dead with her throat slit in her 0home in an upper middleclass neighbourhood in the New Delhi suburb of Noida. The door of the terrace was found locked from inside.

Pinaki Mishra, the lawyer who appeared for the couple in the Supreme Court, said the CBI will have no case to argue in the Supreme Court.

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.