Nag­ging ques­tions as Tal­wars go scot-free

The Free Press Journal - - EDIT -

Nine years af­ter their daugh­ter Aarushi Tal­war was mur­dered and four years af­ter they were held guilty for it by a lower court in a much-hyped crim­i­nal case that shook the na­tion, Ra­jesh and Nupur Tal­war were ex­on­er­ated by the Al­la­habad High Court on Thurs­day. A two-mem­ber bench cleared the duo on grounds that con­vic­tion could not be based on sus­pi­cion and that they were en­ti­tled to be given ben­e­fit of doubt. The Tal­wars had been given life im­pris­on­ment by the CBI spe­cial court ear­lier. The po­lice and the court are clue­less who killed Aarushi and the full­time ser­vant of the cou­ple who was ini­tially sus­pected of killing Aarushi but whose body was found on the ter­race the next day. It was be­lieved that much of the ev­i­dence was de­stroyed in the ini­tial days of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion when the lo­cal po­lice in the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion was look­ing af­ter the case. By the time the case was handed over to the CBI, it was too late to piece to­gether the ev­i­dence. The Aarushi case will go down in his­tory as a case of botched up in­ves­ti­ga­tion that should be an ob­ject les­son for the fu­ture.

The Tal­war cou­ple which had been be­hind bars since Novem­ber 2013, has now fi­nally walked out free. But their re­lease is likely to be chal­lenged by CBI in Supreme Court soon. There is in­deed a big ques­tion mark over whether the real killers would ever be found be­cause mere cir­cum­stan­tial ev­i­dence has failed to re­veal con­clu­sively who the killers were. A 14-year-old-child’s life has been lost in cir­cum­stances that in­deed raise dis­turb­ing ques­tions. In the same NCR an­other grue­some killing in a five-star ho­tel is in­volved in a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion botchup—the mur­der of Su­nanda Pushkar, wife of for­mer Union min­is­ter Shashi Tharoor.

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