Four years after conviction, Talwars set free in Aarushi murder case

Four years after conviction, Talwars set free in Aarushi murder case

The nine-year long ordeal of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar has come to an end today, as the Allahabad High Court has acquitted the couple in the case involving the murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in 2008.

It is to recall that CBI court at Ghaziabad had convicted the two accused Aarushi's parents Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar for double murder and had sentenced them rigorous imprisonment for life.

He said the High Court verdict "does not say that the Talwars didn't do it" but that there was not enough evidence against them.

Aarushi Talwar was killed at her house on the night of May 15-16, 2008 in Noida.

On May 23, 2008, Rajesh Talwar was arrested and was kept in Dasna jail; on July 11, 2008, he was let off. Nupur surrendered in Ghaziabad court on April 30, 2012.

Tanveer Ahmed Mir, lawyer for the couple, said they were able to prove that the CBI case had no basis or legs to stand on. The Talwars were sentenced to life in prison in 2013.

"The couple was very happy.they said that justice had been done to them finally, " said an official of the Dasna jail in Ghaziabad, where the couple were now lodged.

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

"At my age, it was very trying for me to see my daughter and son-in-law behind the bars for the crime they did not commit".

# Allahabad High Court quashes CBI court's decision, acquits Nupur, Rajesh Talwar. "We always knew they were not guilty", Aarushi's maternal grandfather B.G. Chitnis said. The verdict was given under tight security at the Allahabad High Court. The body of the family's domestic help, Hemraj, who was initially suspected of her murder, was found in a pool of blood on the terrace the following day.

# The case was handed over to the CBI after the Noida police was criticized for a botched up investigation, leading to the loss of crucial forensic evidence.