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Aarushi-Hemraj murder case: Allahabad HC acquits Nupur, Rajesh Talwar; gives them benefit of doubt

The Allahabad High Court today acquitted Aarushi's parents, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, who had been among the accused in the case.

Aarushi was found dead inside her room in the Talwars Noida residence with her throat slit in May 2008. "We always knew they were not guilty", Aarushi's maternal grandfather B.G. Chitnis said. However, the same has now been dismissed by the Allahabad High Court.

Jailor of the Gaziabad's Dasna prison Dadhiram Maurya said the Talwars felt they have got justice and were praying.

However, the court rejected the CBI's claim of lack of evidence. As for Rajesh Talwar's golf club - the one that had supposedly been "cleaned' (and was, therefore, the weapon of offence) - was not the one that the prosecution presented in court as the weapon".

Dhruv Gupta, another counsel for the accused parents, said there was no eyewitness and in a case which depended on circumstantial evidence "the law of the land is that the benefit of doubt goes to the accused".

Both Nupur Talwar and Rajesh Talwar were found guilty of murdering Aarushi and the helper of the house Hemraj. Media reports said Rajesh Talwar hugged jail officials after hearing the verdict.

The Talwars had challenged the CBI court's verdict in the Allahabad High Court, following which the division bench had reserved judgment a month ago. The 45-year-old help Hemraj, who was missing, became one of the primary suspects till his body was recovered from the terrace of the house two days later. Rajesh Talwar was arrested on May 23, 2008.

Well that's nearly a decade and not enough time for CBI and Indian police to clear the murder case of a 14 year old, some twitteratis felt.

The case was later handed over to the Uttar Pradesh police to the CBI, who did not find the parents guilty and instead suspected the other two domestic servants Rajkumar Sharma and Vijay Mandal as the murderer, but this theory did not last long.

Rajesh Talwar underwent a narco- analysis test from February 15 to February 20, but even this did not yield any new information. The Allahabad High Court also refused to quash criminal proceedings against the Talwars.

Journalist Avirook Sen, in his book, mentions how the first CBI team submitted a closure report citing not enough evidence against the Talwars.

On November 25, 2013, CBI judge Shyam Lal convicted the Talwars and held them guilty of both murders.

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