In what came as a major relief for Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, the Allahabad High Court has overruled the trial court judgment in the sensational and high-profile Aarushi Talwar murder case and acquitted both of them.
The verdict ends a nine-year ordeal of the parents who were found guilty by a CBI court of murdering 14-year-old Aarushi.
Reading out the verdict in front of 300 people, the court said – “CBI has failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the Talwar couple killed both Aarushi and Hemant. CBI has failed to prove that no one else entered the house during the night. In cases where you depend on circumstantial evidence… Only the benefit of the doubt goes to the accused. The accused will be given benefit of doubt. They can be held guilty only if the facts established is entirely consistent with the guilt. The hypothesis of the agency was not convulsive in nature. The chain of events given by CBI snapped because CBI could not prove that no one entered the house at night.”
After the verdict, Aarushi’s grandfather looked emotional and said that he is grateful for the “positive” judgment and he always knew that Nupur and Rajesh were innocent. He also thanked the media for their support.
Aarushi murder case:
Fourteen-year-old Aarushi was found dead inside her room in the Talwars’ Noida residence with her throat slit in May 2008. The needle of suspicion had initially moved towards 45-year-old Hemraj, who had gone missing but his body was recovered from the terrace of the house two days later.
Investigators then asserted that the Talwars killed Aarushi in a fit of rage after finding her with Hemraj in an “objectionable position”, suggesting the double murder was a so-called honor killing.
The dentist couple’s failure to explain the murders stacked up as crucial circumstantial evidence, leading to their conviction.