Allahabad, Oct 12: After nine years of multiple turns and twists, the Allahabad High Court today acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the Aarushi Talwar-Hemraj murder in 2008. The High Court reversed the order of the CBI court which had sentenced them to life imprisonment in jail. The Talwar couple had appealed to the Allahabad High Court challenging their conviction.
Aarushi’s parents are currently lodged in Ghaziabad’s Dasna jail serving life imprisonment, four years after they were convicted of the gruesome murder of Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in November 2013 by a special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Ghaziabad. (Also Read: Twitter Reactions on Acquittal of Rajesh, Nupur Talwar)
The high court bench comprising justices BK Narayana and justice AK Mishra had reserved its judgment on September 7 in the appeal filed by Aarushi’s parents and kept October 12 as the date for the verdict. (Also Read: Are Aarushi Talwar’s Parents Behind Her And Hemraj’s Killing?)
On MAy 16, 2008, Aarushi Talwar was found murdered with her throat slit in her bedroom in Noida’s Jal Vayu Vihar. The police had earlier suspected Talwar’s domestic help Hemraj but found him dead on their terrace, a day later. (Also Read: Aarushi Talwar’s grandfather’s open letter is worth a read)
HERE’S HOW THE AARUSHI-HEMRAJ CASE UNFOLDED FROM THEIR CONVICTION TO ACQUITTAL
May 16, 2008: Aarushi Talwar was found murdered with her throat slit. Talwar’s domestic help Hemraj, a Nepali national, was suspected of Aarushi’s murder.
May 17: Hemraj’s body was found on the terrace of Talwar’s residence.
May 18: Aarushi’s postmortem report ruled out sexual assault. Police also said that the double murder was done with surgical precision, suspected inside job.
May 19: Talwars’ former Nepalese domestic help Vishnu Sharma named as a suspect.
May 21: Delhi Police joins murder probe. Police said murder committed by “a doctor or a butcher”.
May 22: Aarushi Talwar’s parents – Nupur and Rajesh Talwar – came under suspicion. The probe began for killing for ‘dishonour’. Police questions Aarushi’s friend whom she spoke to 688 times in the last 45 days before her murder.
May 23: Rajesh Talwar arrested for murdering Aarushi and Hemraj.
June 1: CBI took over the investigation.
June 13: Rajesh Talwar’s Nepalese compounder, Krishna, arrested. A lie detector test was conducted on Vijay Mandal, the domestic help of the Talwars’ neighbours Praful Durani and Anita Durani.
June 19: Rajesh Talwar’s judicial custody extended up to July 2, 2008. Lie-detecting test conducted on Rajesh Talwar.
June 20: Another lie-detecting test conducted on Rajesh.
June 25: Nupur Talwar goes through the lie-detecting test as first was found inconclusive.
June 26: Case declared as ‘blind case’. Rajesh Talwar refused bail.
July 3: The Supreme Court (SC) rejects a PIL which challenged the conduct of narco-analysis test on the accused.
July 12: After CBI fails to provide evidence, Rajesh Talwar was given bail by Ghaziabad court.
January 5, 2010: CBI moves the court to conduct narco test on Nupur and Rajesh Talwar.
Dec 29: CBI submits closure report. Clean chit was given to the servants but suspected the Talwar couple of the double murder.
January 25, 2011: Aarushi’s father Rajesh Talwar attacked in the Ghaziabad court premises.
Feb 9: Ghaziabad court took cognizance of the CBI report; Talwar couple charged with Aarushi’s murder and destruction of evidence.
Feb 21: Talwar couple approached the Allahabad High Court for repressing trial court summons.
Mar 18: Plea dismissed. High Court orders initiation of proceedings against the Talwar couple.
Mar 19: The couple approaches the Supreme Court.
January 6, 2012: The Supreme Court dismissed Talwar’s plea, stays trial and allows it to proceed.
June 11: Trial began.
April 30: Nupur Talwar arrested.
May 25: The Talwar couple charged with murder, conspiracy, and destruction of evidence.
October 10, 2013: Final arguments begin.
Oct 18: CBI said, “Couple misled investigators.”
Nov 25: Couple convicted, sent to Dasna jail, Ghaziabad.
Nov 26: The Talwar couple sentenced to life imprisonment in jail.
September 5, 2016: Nupur Talwar released on parole for three weeks to assist her ailing mother.
January 11, 2017: Allahabad High Court reserved judgment on an appeal filed by the Talwar’s, challenging their conviction in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case.
Sept 17: Allahabad High Court reserved judgment in the double murder case.
Oct 12: The Allahabad High Court acquitted the Talwars in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case. They may walk free today or tomorrow.