Talwars Are Innocent: Allahabad High Court Declared in Aarushi Talwar, Hemraj Murder Case
A Division Bench, consisted of Justice A.K. Mishra and B.K. Narayana, gave the benefit of doubt in favour of the parents of late Aarushi Talwar – Court said that the parents didn’t murder their child.
The Allahabad High Court on Thursday declared that the dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are innocent. The court reversed their conviction in the 2008 dual murder case of their teenage daughter Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj.
A Division Bench, which consisted of Justices A.K. Mishra and B.K. Narayana, gave the benefit of doubt in favour of the Talwars, saying the parents didn’t murder their child.
The court also stated that the CBI was unsuccessful to prove guilty beyond doubt accepting the argument of counsel for both Rajesh and Nupur Talwar that the case against them was based entirely on incidental evidence and that they were innocent.
Speaking to the media, Rebecca John, the lawyer of the Talwars said, “I am happy that the Allahabad high court has permitted the appeal filed by Nupur and Rajesh Talwar against their conviction and sentence. The case against them was on shaky grounds in fact and law and their prosecution and subsequent conviction resulted in grave miscarriage of justice.”
Earlier in November 2013, the Talwar couple were sentenced to life imprisonment by a special CBI court in Ghaziabad.
They were also declared guilty of the destruction of evidence with common intent, while Rajesh was also convicted of giving a false statement to the police at the time of investigation.
The entire case started when Aarushi Talwar, 14, was found dead with her throat slit in her bedroom in flat no. L-32 Jalvayu Vihar in Noida in the morning of May 16, 2008. The body of Hemraj, who was initially alleged of her murder, was found dead in a pool of blood on the terrace of the flat the next day. The door of the terrace was found locked from inside.
The case was handed over to the CBI after the Noida police were criticised for a “messed up” investigation, which resulted in the loss of crucial forensic evidences.