They didn’t kill their daughter
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.”