The Allahabad High Court's order acquitting Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, giving them the benefit of doubt in the Aarushi Talwar murder case, almost nine years after their teenage daughter and domestic help were killed, has further strengthened doubts that were raised initially over the investigation of the case and the 2013 judgment that had sentenced the couple to life imprisonment.
After the conviction by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in 2013, parents of Aarushi, Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar, had appealed to Allahabad High Court. In a rare interview that Nupur Talwar had given from the jail almost two years back, Ms Talwar had spoken about her plans to work in the non-profit sector once she was released, whenever she was released.
The needle of suspicion initially moved towards 45-year- old Hemraj, who had gone missing, but his body was recovered from the terrace of the house two days later.
Jail sources said the couple were likely to walk free tomorrow.
The Allahabad High Court acquitted Nupur and Rajesh Talwar in the murder case, saying that neither the circumstances nor the evidence was enough to hold them guilty.
# I was in pain to see my daughter and son-in-law for the crime that they have not committed: Nupur Talwar's father.
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. The verdict was given under tight security at the Allahabad High Court. "We always knew they were not guilty", Aarushi's maternal grandfather B.G. Chitnis said.
"The High Court observed that they have been punished wrongly". The court ordered proceedings against the Talwars, rejecting the federal agency's claim.
After the state police failed to crack the case, the then UP chief minister Mayawati recommended a CBI probe to resolve the murder mystery.
In 2009, the CBI had handed over the murder case to a new team and suggested a closure of it.
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