The Allahabad High Court on October 12, acquitted Nupur and Rajesh Talwar in the 9-year-old murder case of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.
The High Court ruled that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had miserably failed to prove “guilt beyond reasonable doubt.”
A division bench of Allahabad High Court comprising Justice Bala Krishna Narayana and Justice Arvind Kumar Mishra held that there was no chain of evidence and the couple cannot be convicted on the basis of mere circumstantial suspicion.
“The golden rule in justice if there is a situation if there are doubts, one has to favour an accused. CBI failed to prove beyond doubt that Talwars are guilty,” the Court held.
Earlier, a special CBI Judge, S. Lal, had held Aarushi’s parents, Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, guilty of both the murders. Talwar couple had appealed against their conviction in the High Court and their appeals were pending since 2014. The dentist couple has been in jail for four years. They have maintained their innocence throughout.
In November 2013, a special CBI court in Ghaziabad had awarded the couple life imprisonment. Both of them are serving their sentence in Ghaziabad’s Dasna jail.
On May 16, 2008, Aarushi Talwar, the only daughter of the dentist couple was found murdered in her bedroom in their Noida residence. Initially, the police suspected the domestic help of the family, Hemraj, but next day, his dead body was recovered from the terrace of the same flat.