Aarushi case: Court ver­dict on Tal­wars’ ap­peal to­day

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Metro - Ji­ten­dra Sarin sarin.ji­ten­dra@gmail.com

The Al­la­habad High Court is likely to pro­nounce a ver­dict in an ap­peal filed in the Aarushi-Hem­raj mur­der case on Thurs­day. The court had re­served its judge­ment in the case, on Septem­ber 7.

A bench com­pris­ing jus­tice BK Narayana and jus­tice AK Mishra re­served its judge­ment in the ap­peal filed by par­ents of Aarushi, Dr Ra­jesh Tal­war and Dr Nupur Tal­war, who were con­victed and sen­tenced for life im­pris­on­ment by the CBI court in Ghazi­abad.

Dr Ra­jesh Tal­war and his wife Dr Nupur Tal­war were con­victed in Novem­ber 2013 in the dou­ble mur­der case of their 14-year-old daugh­ter Aarushi and their house help Hem­raj.

Aarushi and Hem­raj were mur­dered on the in­ter­ven­ing night of May 15 and 16, 2008.

The po­lice then con­sid­ered Aarushi’s par­ents as prime sus­pects. The ac­cu­sa­tions made by the po­lice at the time en­raged the Tal­wars’ fam­ily and friends, who ac­cused the po­lice of fram­ing the Tal­wars in or­der to cover up the botched in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The case was then trans­ferred to the CBI, which ex­on­er­ated the par­ents and sus­pected the Tal­wars’ as­sis­tant Kr­ishna along with two do­mes­tic ser­vants namely, Ra­jku­mar Sharma and Vi­jay Man­dal.

In 2009, the CBI handed over the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to a new team, which rec­om­mended clos­ing the case due to crit­i­cal gaps in in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Based on cir­cum­stan­tial ev­i­dence, it named Ra­jesh Tal­war as the sole sus­pect, but re­fused to charge him due to lack of ev­i­dence.

The par­ents op­posed the clo­sure, call­ing CBI’s sus­pi­cion of Ra­jesh as base­less. Sub­se­quently, a court re­jected the fed­eral agency’s claim that there was not enough ev­i­dence, and or­dered pro­ceed­ings against the Tal­wars.

In a 208-page or­der on Novem­ber 25, 2013, CBI judge Judge Shyam Lal (now re­tired) pro­nounced the Tal­wars guilty of both mur­ders and de­struc­tion of ev­i­dence. The Tal­wars later chal­lenged the de­ci­sion in the Al­la­habad high court by fil­ing the present ap­peal.

In Jan­uary also, the court had re­served it’s judge­ment in the case. How­ever, af­ter it found con­tra­dic­tions in sev­eral CBI re­ports, it started hear­ing the case again.

Hem­raj (left) and Aarushi were mur­dered on the in­ter­ven­ing night of May 15 and 16, 2008.

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