They didn’t kill their daugh­ter

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE -

CBI coun­sel Anurag Khanna said that the agency may move the Supreme Court against the High Court ver­dict af­ter dis­cus­sions with se­nior of­fi­cials.

A Spe­cial CBI court in Ghazi­abad had sen­tenced the Tal­wars to life im­pris­on­ment on Novem­ber 26, 2013 for mur­der, de­stroy­ing ev­i­dence and mis­lead­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Thir­teen-year-old Aarushi had been found mur­dered in­side her bed­room in Noida’s Jal­vayu Vi­har near Delhi, with her throat slit and a fa­tal head in­jury, on May 16, 2008. The po­lice ini­tially sus­pected 45-year-old Hem­raj for the crime. But his body was found a day later on the ter­race of the build­ing, trig­ger­ing wallto-wall me­dia cov­er­age.

The UP po­liced first botched up the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and later said the par­ents killed their own daugh­ter in a rage when they found her in bed with Hem­raj. It was also said that the crime scene had been dressed up to mis­lead in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Then CBI later took over the case. But its two teams — which probed the case at dif­fer­ent stages — reached con­flict­ing con­clu­sions. The first one ar­rested a com­pounder and two helps, but failed to build a case. In 2010, the sec­ond team filed a clo­sure re­port, which was re­jected by the CBI court, re­sult­ing in a trial and the cou­ple’s con­vic­tion. On Thurs­day, the di­vi­sion bench de­liv­ered a con­cur­ring judge­ment and de­bunked the CBI’s sub­mis­sion and sug­gested there was “a strong al­ter­na­tive killer the­ory.”

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