TWISTS AND TURNS

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Nation -

Aarushi’s body found: The 14-year-old is found dead in her bed­room at the Tal­wars’ Jal­vayu Vi­har apart­ment on the night of May 15, 2008 An­other body: Hem­raj, who was from Nepal and was miss­ing at the time, was the im­me­di­ate sus­pect. A day later, his body was found on the apart­ment ter­race

Po­lice’s ver­sion: Ra­jesh Tal­war mur­dered Aarushi and Hem­raj af­ter he found them in an “ob­jec­tion­able” po­si­tion. The hon­our killing an­gle was de­nounced by Aarushi’s friends and even the Na­tional Women’s Com­mis­sion

Po­lice un­der fire: It was a huge em­bar­rass­ment for the po­lice when their “main sus­pect” turned up dead. Po­lice were ac­cused of shoddy in­ves­ti­ga­tion as they re­port­edly failed to col­lect cru­cial ev­i­dence and did not even seal the crime scene ‘Miss­ing’ mur­der weapon:Ra­jesh’s golf clubs were con­sid­ered as weapon though the first CBI team talked about a khukri, a Nepali knife An­other botched probe: On May 31, 2008, CBI took over, ex­on­er­ated the cou­ple and pointed fin­ger at Tal­wars’ as­sis­tant Kr­ishna and do­mes­tic helps, Ra­jku­mar and Vi­jay. But it failed to prove its case against the three. In 2009, CBI handed over probe to a new team headed by AGL Kaul

A book and a movie: Seven years af­ter the mur­ders, jour­nal­ist

Avi­rook Sen’s book Aarushi once again thrust the case in the lime­light. Sen’s ac­count set the tone for the film Tal­var, star­ring

Konkana Sen and Ir­rfan Khan

Trial: As per the case de­tails, on May 15, Ra­jesh heard some noise from his daugh­ter’s room and al­legedly found Aarushi and Hem­raj in an in­ti­mate po­si­tion. He killed them with a golf club

Con­vic­tion: Tal­wars were sen­tenced to life by a CBI court in Ghazi­abad on Nov 26, 2013. Le­gal ex­perts ques­tioned the ver­dict as the judge based the con­vic­tion on a chain of 26 cir­cum­stances. The cou­ple later chal­lenged their con­vic­tion in the Al­la­habad high court.

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