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

Cheryl Sanders
October 12, 2017

The Allahabad High Court today acquitted Aarushi's parents, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, who had been among the accused in the case.

Investigators then said the Talwars killed Aarushi in a fit of rage after finding her with the 45-year-old servant in an "objectionable position", suggesting the double murder was an honour killing.

# We are thankful to the high court and also to the God, says Aarushi's aunt Vandana Talwar.

# At this age it was very trying for me to see my daughter and son-in-law being lodged in jail for a crime they did not commit.

"The court observed that the case against the Talwars was baseless".

"The parents can not be held guilty just because they were present in the house when the murder took place".

While passing the order, the court reversed the verdict of the CBI court which had convicted the Talwars.

Her successful middle-class parents told police they were asleep in the next room when the murder was committed.

Reacting to the verdict, the CBI said it would study the Allahabad High Court order and "decide the future course of action". "The couple is likely to be released on Friday, " said the official. The Talwar family's domestic help Hemraj was found dead the next day on the terrace of the house. Rajesh Talwar got angry and kiled Aarushi accidentally. However, CBI named Rajesh Talwar as the prime suspect while giving a clean chit to Krishna and two other domestic helps who were also arrested in the case.

After a lot of criticism for reportedly shoddy investigation, the then Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Mayawati, handed the case over to the CBI on June 1, 2008.

Rajesh Talwar underwent a narco- analysis test from February 15 to February 20, but even this did not yield any new information. A high court bench comprising Justice B.K. Narayana and Justice A.K. Mishra in September reserved its verdict in the appeal filed by Aarushi's parents, who were sentenced to life in jail by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ghaziabad. The Allahabad High Court also refused to quash criminal proceedings against the Talwars.

The CBI court while pronouncing its verdict had said that there is no direct evidence in the Aarushi Talwar murder case but it is clear that the prosecution has placed a clinching wealth of circumstances from which the guilt of both the accused has been made out to the extent human instruments can apprehend'. They had appealed against their conviction.

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