Court flays trial judge in Aarushi murder case
The Allahabad High Court has lacerated the trial court judge in the Aarushi murder case, saying he acted like a film director to create a fictional scenario, used fallacious analogy and ignored basic tenets of law.
High court justices B K Narayana and A K Mishra listed a litany of errors, missteps and fanciful deductions by Additional Sessions Judge Shyam Lal in Ghaziabad (UP) while convicting dentist couple Nupur and Rajesh Talwar for the double murders of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in May 2008, sentencing the Talwars to life imprisonment on November 28, 2013.
“The trial Judge is supposed to be fair and transparent and should act as a man of ordinary prudence and he should not stretch his imagination to infinity rendering the whole exercise mockery of law,” the court said.
Lal has “prejudged things in his own fashion, drawn conclusion by embarking on erroneous analogy, conjecturing to the brim on apparent facts telling a different story propelled by vitriolic reasoning,” the judges said in their order on Thursday to acquit the Talwars.
Justice Mishra said that “like a film director, the trial Judge has tried to thrust coherence among facts.