Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were acquitted earlier today in their daughter and help’s murder case from 2008, reported Hindustan Times.
Aarushi Talwar was killed at her house on the night of May 15-16 in 2008 in Noida. The police found the body with the throat slit and multiple injuries on the head. The class 9 student of Delhi Public School, Noida was about to have her 15th birthday on May 24 but was brutally killed days earlier.
Hemraj Banjade, 45, was the domestic help of the Talwars and was the prime suspect behind Aarushi’s murder until he was found dead on Talwar’s terrace a day later. The police found out after investigation that Rajesh Talwar had found Aarushi and Hemraj in an “objectionable position” and killed them using his golf stick and a sharp weapon, the CBI alleged.
Aarushi’s parents Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were convicted by a CBI court for killing their daughter. It was believed that Nupur, Rajesh and Hemraj were the only people inside the house during the murder. Investigators said the Talwars killed Aarushi in a fit of rage after finding her with Hemraj, suggesting the double murder was a so-called honour killing.
The dentist couple’s failure to explain the murders stacked up as crucial circumstantial evidence, leading to their conviction. As there were no eyewitnesses, special CBI judge Shyam Lal heavily relied on a chain of circumstantial evidence in pronouncing the dentist couple guilty in 2013.
The Allahabad high court on Thursday cleared Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the murder of their daughter Aarushi and the domestic help Hemraj. The dentist couple had appealed their conviction by a CBI court in 2013. Aarushi’s grandfather tells CNN-News18: “We’ve always known Talwars were not guilty… Thankful for a positive verdict. Don’t want to hold anyone responsible at present.”
The couple is likely to be released on Friday after the court sign and release the judgment.