Benefit of doubt to Talwars’ help
Not enough proof to hold them guilty: HC
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.