Aarushi case: HC ac­quits Tal­wars over lack of proof

NINE YEARS ON Den­tist cou­ple will be re­leased to­day; CBI to ap­proach SC

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AL­LA­HABAD/GHAZI­ABAD: The Al­la­habad high court ac­quit­ted on Thurs­day Ra­jesh and Nupur Tal­war in the 2008 mur­der of their 14-year-old daugh­ter Aarushi and do­mes­tic help Hem­raj, giv­ing the “ben­e­fit of doubt” to the ac­cused in the face of in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence.

A bench of judges BK Narayana and AK Mishra set aside the life sen­tence given to the den­tist cou­ple by a spe­cial CBI court in 2013 and or­dered that the two be re­leased im­me­di­ately from jail.

“Cir­cum­stan­tial ev­i­dence was not ad­e­quate for a con­vic­tion beyond doubt,” the court said, adding that nei­ther the cir­cum­stances nor the ev­i­dence on record es­tab­lished the cou­ple’s in­volve­ment in the crime.

The judg­ment brings down the cur­tains on one of In­dia’s most sen­sa­tional mur­der tri­als that sparked nu­mer­ous con­spir­acy the­o­ries with many ac­cus­ing the po­lice of bungling the probe.

“We are grate­ful to ev­ery­one... I have seen them (Ra­jesh and Nupur) suf­fer,” said Aarushi’s grand­fa­ther BG Chit­nis.

On May 16, 2008, Aarushi was found mur­dered in­side her bed­room in the Tal­wars’ flat in Noida’s posh Jal­vayu Vi­har — her throat slit with sur­gi­cal pre­ci­sion. The po­lice ini­tially sus­pected the miss­ing house help from Nepal, Hem­raj, but his de­com­posed body was found a day later from in­side a locked room on the build­ing’s ter­race.

The po­lice then be­gan to sus­pect the Tal­wars and said Ra­jesh, the fa­ther, had mur­dered the two af­ter find­ing them in an “ob­jec­tion­able” po­si­tion. The case was later trans­ferred to the Cen­tral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We are sat­is­fied with the judg­ment and are greatly re­lieved. We be­lieve jus­tice has been done as

The par­ents can­not be held guilty just be­cause they were present in the house when mur­der took place. They should get the ben­e­fit of doubt. They are be­ing set free.

AL­LA­HABAD HIGH COURT FILE PHOTO

in her bed­room; do­mes­tic help Hem­raj sus­pected

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on build­ing ter­race

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the court has set aside the trial court’s or­der for lack of suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence,” said de­fence coun­sel Dilip Ku­mar, who rep­re­sented the Tal­wars.

The HC also pointed out “vari-

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Al­la­habad HC ous short­com­ings” in the lower court’s judg­ment, while rul­ing in favour of the de­fen­dants who had chal­lenged the ver­dict.

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