In a shocking turn of events, Allahabad High Court acquits Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the murder case of their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.
The couple, who have been behind bars since November 2013, will now finally walk out free.
“I am humbled by the Aarushi murder case verdict,” says Rebecca John, lawyer for Talwars to News18.
The double murder of 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar and Hemraj shook the nation back in 2008.
On May 16, 2008, Aarushi Talwar was found dead with her throat slit in her bedroom in the Talwars' Noida residence (L-32 in Jalvayu Vihar). Initially, 45-year-old Hemraj, family's domestic help, was the main suspect, but the next day, his body was found on the terrace of Talwar's apartment.
As the investigation went on, Uttar Pradesh started suspecting the Talwars. They said that Rajesh, the father, had murdered the two after finding them in a compromising position. However, the police had no evidence to back their accusations and came under fire from the Talwars and the public for their irresponsible claims.
As the state police drew flak over shoddy investigations, the then chief minister, Mayawati, handed over the probe to the CBI.
The CBI themselves reached at contradicting conclusions. The first team led by Arun Kumar arrested three men, Talwar's compounder Krishna and two domestic workers in the neighbourhood, Rajkumar and Vijay Mandal but failed to produce a chargesheet against them.
The CBI handed over the case to a new team which recommended closing the case due to the sub-par investigation.
But the CBI special court rejected the closure of the case and ordered prosecution of the parents on the basis of existing evidence, leading to their eventual conviction in 2013, reported the Times of India.
A day after their conviction, the couple were awarded life sentence by a special CBI court in Ghaziabad.
However, the Allahabad High Court has said that there was no chain of evidence and we can't convict on the basis of mere suspicion.
Five years after 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj were found murdered, Special CBI Judge S Lal held Aarushi’s parents Rajesh and Nupur Talwar guilty of murder and conspiracy.
The judges have overruled the judgment of the trial court. It has freed the Talwars, giving them the benefit of doubt in the case.