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Aarushi murder case: Talwars to walk free today

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Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh)[India] | October 16, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, who have been acquitted in the murder case of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, will be freed from Dasna jail in Ghaziabad today.

Talwars were expected to walk out from Dasna prison on Friday, but the necessary paperwork and the weekend pushed their release to Monday.

The Allahabad High Court had on Thursday 12th October acquitted the Talwars, whom CBI had implicated in the murder of their daughter Aarushi, who was found dead at their Noida home in 2008.

According to reports, as per Section 437 (a) of the CrPC, even after their acquittal, the Talwars will have to furnish a surety to ensure that they will be present in the court in case the state files an appeal in a higher court.

The jailor of Dasna Jail, Dr Maurya informed that the duo breathed a sigh of relief after the announcement of their acquittal. He also said that while in jail, the dentist couple gave medical service for free to their prison inmates and refused remuneration which would have amounted approx to Rs. 49,500.

Vandana Talwar, Aarushi''s aunt said the journey has been exhausting for the family.

"We are deeply relieved and grateful to God for the verdict. It''s been an exhausting journey for us and it has been very trying time for our family. We have suffered a lot for almost ten years," she said while addressing the media.

It was a special CBI Judge, S. Lal, who had earlier in 2008 held Rajesh and Nupur Talwar guilty of conspiracy and murder of Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.

The order, however, failed to bring a closure to the case and the public opinion remained divided, even after years of the conviction.

On May 16, 2008, Aarushi was found murdered inside her bedroom in the flat in Jal Vayu Vihar - her throat slit with surgical precision.

It was initially suspected that house help Hemraj had killed Aarushi. However, the case took a shocking turn when Hemraj''s body was recovered two days later from the terrace of the same flat.

The police then began to suspect the Talwars and said Rajesh had murdered the two after finding them in an "objectionable" position.

After widespread outrage, the case was transferred from the Uttar Pradesh Police to the CBI that exonerated the parents and suspected the Talwars'' assistant Krishna along with two domestic servants, Rajkumar Sharma and Vijay Mandal.

In 2009, the CBI handed over the investigation to a new team, which recommended closing the case due to critical gaps in investigation.

Based on circumstantial evidence, it named Rajesh as the sole suspect, but refused to charge him due to lack of evidence.

Rajesh was first arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police on May 23, 2008 after which he was lodged at the Dasna Jail and let off on July 11, 2008. Later in 2012, his wife Nupur surrendered before a Ghaziabad court before trial and was also sent to the Dasna Jail.

The acquittal judgement in the case was passed by a two judges bench comprising Justice B K Narayan and Justice Arvind Kumar Mishra. on Oct 12th 2017.

Allowing the appeals the court was of the view that as per circumstances and evidence on record Aarushi''s parents cannot be held guilty. (ANI)

 
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