Talwars didn’t murder Arushi
Though Talwar couple after spending nearly four years in jail got a huge relief when the division bench of Allahabad high court acquitted them due to lack of conclusive evidence presented by CBI, the murder mystery stays on due to shoddy investigation by UP Police followed by CBI failing comprehensively to get to the bottom of the case together conclusive evidence to apprehend the real culprits. Notwithstanding the fact that CBI court in Ghaziabad in 2013 convicted the Talwar couple of double murder to life imprisonment by relying only on circumstantial evidence thereby raising doubts about the authenticity of the investigation agency who failed comprehensively on all fronts to plug several loop holes during probe. Even though the brutal injuries on the body of young Arushi reveal that murder has been carried out meticulously that chain of events and evidence presented by CBI could not be taken as conclusive evidence on the ground that there was an element of doubt in the absence of clinching evidence pointing at Talwar couple. Due to this reason, Talwars were let off by the high court applying the golden rule and the cardinal principle in justice under criminal law which clearly stipulates that benefit of doubt would go to the accused where there is only circumstantial evidence in the court, which was a major lacuna in the entire investigation process. The lower court erred in its judgment by relying on circumstantial evidence and awarded harshest punishment of life imprisonment to the Talwar couple. In fact, the CBI relying only on circumstantial evidence to indict Talwar couple was prima facie wrong even after seeing the scene of offence is badly tampered on day one by erasing all evidence by the murderers which leaves none in doubt that the assailants inflicted severe injuries with the sole intention to kill her. In the final analysis, as Talwars walk free after their acquittal by the high court, the mystery hangs on as to who is the real murderer of 14-year old Arushi in 2008. It is time, the CBI pulls up its socks together and conduct thorough probe in all cases, otherwise the trust people reposed in the premier investigation agency will get eroded.
— R. Srinivasan