Ben­e­fit of doubt to Tal­wars’ help

Not enough proof to hold them guilty: HC

Deccan Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - AMITA VERMA | DC with bureau in­puts

Nine years after be­ing ac­cused of and charged with mur­der­ing their teenaged daugh­ter Aarushi and ser­vant Hem­raj, dentist cou­ple Ra­jesh and Nupur Tal­war were ac­quit­ted by the Al­la­habad High Court on Thursday. The court gave them the ben­e­fit of doubt say­ing that nei­ther the cir­cum­stances nor the ev­i­dence was enough to hold them guilty.

The High Court re­jected the CBI re­port and held that the Tal­wars were “not guilty”. The court has or­dered their im­me­di­ate re­lease. The Tal­wars could be freed from Ghazi­abad’s Dasna Jail, where they have been serv­ing their life sen­tence since Novem­ber 2013, on Fri­day.

They have re­ally suf­fered. They are emo­tion­ally drained.

B.G. CHIT­NIS, Nupur’s father

Aarushi mur­der case re­mains one of the most in­trigu­ing mur­der cases in re­cent times. The sen­sa­tional case has gen­er­ated a lot of con­tro­versy and had vir­tu­ally di­vided the pub­lic opin­ion.

The story which had gripped the na­tion had also gen­er­ated a book

Aarushi by Avi­rook Sen and a movie Tal­var by film­mak­ers Vishal Bhard­waj and Meghna Gulzar. Both the book and the movie in­ci­den­tally raised ques­tions on the con­vic­tion of the Tal­war cou­ple and also the shoddy in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­der­taken by the coun­try’s pre­mier agen­cies.

Sen’s book com­bined in­ter­views and an ex­am­i­na­tion of doc­u­ments to come up with an ac­count that re­veals the ap­a­thy preva­lent in the In­dian ju­di­cial sys­tem.

Apart from high­light­ing the a shoddy and in­sen­si­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Ut­tar Pradesh Po­lice and the CBI, the book also pointed out the in­sen­si­tiv­ity of the ju­di­ciary and the ap­palling bad luck of the Tal­wars.

Mean­while, the med­i­cal fra­ter­nity hailed the ver­dict clear­ing the Tal­wars in the Aarushi-Hem­raj killing, but do­mes­tic helps here feel that the dentist cou­ple got away with mur­der thanks to their af­flu­ence.

The Tal­wars’ neigh­bours ap­peared guarded in their re­ac­tion, with most avoid­ing com­ment.

One of res­i­dents near their Sec­tor 25 home, D Singh, said, “If not the Tal­wars, then who killed Aarushi? How­ever, we are happy that they have been ac­quit­ted.”

Nepalese do­mes­tic helps here, how­ever, made no bones of where their sym­pa­thies lay. “The rich can get them­selves ac­quit­ted. In the Nithari case too, (Monin­der Singh) Pand­her was ac­quit­ted. The poor can­not ex­pect jus­tice,” said one.

IMA pres­i­dent Dr K.K. Ag­gar­wal sim­ply said, “The Tal­wars got jus­tice.”

Ra­jesh Tal­war and Nupur Tal­war.

A book and a movie that were based on the case raised ques­tions on the con­vic­tion of the Tal­wars.

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