Allahabad, Oct 12: The Allahabad High Court will announce judgement in the sensational Aarushi Talwar murder case on Thursday and decide the fate of the teenager’s parents, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar. The couple is serving life imprisonment in Ghaziabad’s Dasna Jail after they were convicted for the gruesome murder of Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in November 2013 by a special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Ghaziabad. (ALSO READ: Aarushi Talwar’s grandfather’s open letter is worth a read)
The Talwars had challenged the court’s order by filing a plea in the Allahabad High Court. A division bench of the high court comprising justices BK Narayana and AK Mishra had reserved its judgement on September 7 on the appeal filed by the Talwars, fixing October 12 as the date for the verdict.
Rajesh Talwar was first arrested by Uttar Pradesh police on May 23, 2008 after which he was lodged at Dasna jail and let off on July 11, 2008. Later on April 30, 2012, his wife Nupur surrendered before a Ghaziabad court before trial and was also sent to Dasna jail.
What is the case all about?
Aarushi was found murdered, with her throat slit, days before her 14th birthday, inside her bedroom in the flat no. L-32 in Jal Vayu Vihar, Noida, on May 16, 2008. Initially, it was suspected that 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. Notably, the door of the terrace was locked from inside.
What did the Uttar Pradesh police say?
The Uttar Pradesh Police suspected the Talwars of the double murder and said Rajesh Talwar had killed Aarushi and Hemraj after finding them in an ‘objectionable’ position. This enraged the Talwars, who accused the police of framing them to cover up a ‘botched’ investigation.
Case transferred to CBI
Following widespread outrage over the charges levelled on the dentist couple by the Uttar Pradesh, the case was handed over to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which absolved the Rajesh and Nupur Talwar of all the charges. The team suspected Talwars’ assistant Krishna along with two domestic servants, Rajkumar Sharma and Vijay Mandal. Later in 2009, the case was handed over to a new CBI team which recommended closing the case owing to ‘critical’ gaps in investigation. The CBI however, rejected the closure report, on the objection of the couple, but ordered prosecution of the parents on the basis of existing evidence that lead to their eventual conviction.