The Allahabad High Court on October 12, acquitted Nupur and Rajesh Talwar in the 9-year-old murder case of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj. Therefore, Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar, can not be penalised for the murder case of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.
After spending nearly two months in jail, Rajesh Talwar got bail on July 12, 2008.
Hence, the CBI Special Judge S. Lal ruled Aarushi's parents guilty of murder and conspiracy. The Talwars, who were the prime suspect, have finally been acquitted by the High Court. The CBI said that they are waiting for a copy of the judgment and will decide the next course of action after studying it. She claimed the whole case was based on "innuendos" and would "not have carried through".
John hoped that the Talwars, who have been in media spotlight for over nine years, will be allowed privacy after their release from the jail.
In May 2008, 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar was found dead with her throat slit at her home in Noida.
But a high court overruled the decision saying it was not satisfied with the evidence and ordered the couple be freed, their lawyer Tanveer Ahmed Mir said.
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. Two separate CBI teams reached opposing conclusions.
Calling CBI's doubt of Rajesh being the murderer as baseless, the parents opposed the closure of case. The court held that on the basis of the circumstances and evidence on record, the couple can not be held guilty of the murder.
The argument in the court pointed out on few evidences which could have led to the murder of the two, such as the activities that happened on the Internet, the very night of the murder, were quite suspicious, the missing key of Aarushi's room, Hemraj's pillowcase colour and the forensic test reports. After their prosecution, the Talwars were convicted of the murders by the CBI court.
"One of the big loopholes in the investigation was that Hemraj's blood was never found in the room", said AP Singh. The country saw the various points of view, albeit through director Meghna Gulzar's point of view, the way the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder was dealt with.