Aarushi case: HC clears Tal­wars for lack of proof

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - Ji­ten­dra Sarin and Peeyush Khan­del­wal ji­ten­dra.sarin@hin­dus­tan­times.com

RAP FOR CBI Says par­ents de­served ben­e­fit of doubt as case not proved beyond doubt; agency study­ing ver­dict, may chal­lenge it

: 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 Tal­war’s flat in Noida’s posh Jal Vayu 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 in the ter­race of the build­ing.

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.

AL­LA­HABAD/GHAZI­ABAD FILE PHOTO

MAY Aarushi Tal­war found dead in her bed­room; do­mes­tic help Hem­raj sus­pect MAY Hem­raj’s body found in room on build­ing ter­race

MAY Tal­war’s for­mer ser­vant Vishnu Sharma named sus­pect. MAY Ra­jesh Tal­war named key ac­cused, ar­rested.

JUNE CBI takes over probe. JUNE Tal­war’s do­mes­tic help Kr­ishna ar­rested by CBI.

JULY Tal­war granted bail. DE­CEM­BER CBI sub­mits clo­sure re­port, gives clean chit to ser­vants, sus­pects par­ents. FE­BRU­ARY Court asks CBI to pros­e­cute Aarushi’s par­ents for mur­der and de­struc­tion of ev­i­dence. NOVEM­BER, Ra­jesh and Nupur con­victed for the dou­ble mur­der, sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment.

SEPTEM­BER Al­la­habad HC bench re­serves judg­ment on par­ents’ plea.

OC­TO­BER Al­la­habad HC ac­quits Aarushi's par­ents.

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