Indian Court Acquits Dentist Couple Of Killing Daughter

Elias Hubbard
October 12, 2017

In a major relief for Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, the Allahabad High Court on Thursday overruled the trial court judgment in the Aarushi Talwar murder case and declared them both innocent. The Allahabad High Court judges said that the CBI failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the Talwars are guilty.

Although, a special CBI court had found Aarushi's parents guilty in 2012, the dentist couple chose to appeal against the order at the Allahabad High Court.

Aarushi's parents were convicted for the double murder and sentenced to life imprisonment by a special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Ghaziabad in November 2013. Media reports said Rajesh Talwar hugged jail officials after hearing the verdict.

Aarushi, who was days short of turning 14, was found with her throat slit in her bedroom in 2008 in the Talwars' flat in Noida. The case was a story of confusing timelines and multiple suspects, but today, finally, the Allahabad High Court has announced the verdict on the case. However, his body too was found in a pool of blood a day later on the terrace of the house.

Pinaki Mishra, the lawyer who appeared for the couple in the Supreme Court, said the CBI will have no case to argue in the Supreme Court.

This allegation by the police made the Talwars and their family members angry, and they accused the police of putting false charges just because they were not able to solve the murder case.

Soon after the incident, the Delhi Police also joined the probe.

Today's acquittal came from the Allahabad High Court and cancels the life sentence given to Aarushi's parents by a lower court in 2015.

After talking to Aarushi's friends, the police began to suspect that her parents were involved in her murder.

After a lot of criticism for reportedly shoddy investigation, the then Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Mayawati, handed the case over to the CBI on June 1, 2008.

After spending nearly two months in jail, Rajesh Talwar got bail on July 12, 2008. However, CBI named Rajesh Talwar as the prime suspect while giving a clean chit to Krishna and two other domestic helps who were also arrested in the case. They were also convicted for destruction of evidence. "In fact, they will have to answer a number of questions in the Supreme Court as to why they did not investigate properly".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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