Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Aarushi murder case: Allahabad HC acquits couple Nupur, Rajesh Talwar

Aarushi murder case: Allahabad HC acquits couple Nupur, Rajesh Talwar

The high court of Allahabad will most probably pronounce its verdict on the murder case of the 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar of Noida.

On the night of May 15-16, 2008, Aarushi, eight days short of her 14th birthday, was found dead in her bedroom, with her throat slit, in the Talwars' Jalvayu Vihar residence in the Delhi suburb of Noida.

Although the court verdict has put an end to an nearly a decade long legal process, several people on Twitter asked the most pressing question of 'who killed Aarushi?' Some of them even expressed concern if the Aarushi murder case will ever be untangled? However, the same has now been dismissed by the Allahabad High Court. The couple, both dentists, were jailed for life.

However, the court rejected the CBI's claim of lack of evidence.

# Defence counsel Tanveer Ahmed Mir says the release will take a little time as the judgment needs to be released and an order sent to the jail housing the Talwars. The CBI court had announced life imprisonment for the Talwars in 2013. The CBI has failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt the guilt, the court also held.

Police initially blamed the missing servant Banjade, only to find his body on the terrace a day later with a similarly cut throat and head wounds.

The Talwars, who have been describing their portrayal in the media as a witch-hunt, were accused of killing their daughter after they saw her in a compromising position with Hemraj.

The couple is expected to be set free from Dasna jail in Ghaziabad on Friday.

The Talwars had challenged the CBI court's verdict in the Allahabad High Court, following which the division bench had reserved judgment a month ago.

As the Uttar Pradesh Police drew flak over shoddy investigation into the case which was making national headlines, the then chief minister Mayawati handed over the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The CBI later declared that this was a "blind case".

Rajesh was arrested for double murders on May 23.

On June 20, a lie detector test on Rajesh Talwar was conducted by the CBI. The court hall was a packed one as the judge pronounced the verdict.

AGL Kaul, the CBI investigator who had submitted a closure report in the case, had said in his report that no evidence was found against the culprits in the case, and the only evidence that was available was circumstantial. They had appealed against their conviction.

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