Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Parents acquitted in murder case of Indian teenager Aarushi

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    Published: 2017-10-12 16:00:18 BdST

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Fourteen-year-old Aarushi Talwar was found dead in her room. Photo: Facebook/Free The Talwars

Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were on Thursday acquitted in the double murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in 2008 by the Allahabad High Court which gave them the benefit of doubt, but left questions unanswered about who killed them.

The couple had been awarded life sentence by a special CBI court in Ghaziabad in 2013. They had appealed against the decision.

Their lawyer Rebecca John said the evidence presented by the CBI "did not stand judicial scrutiny and that is the end of it". The couple was acquitted by the Allahabad High Court bench of Justices BK Narayana and AK Mishra.

Pinaki Misra, another defence counsel, said the judgement of the CBI court was "absolutely perverse and the High Court has set it aside correctly".

The acquittal of the Talwars has further deepened the mystery of the May 16-17, 2008 murders.

Aarushi, a teenager, was found murdered in her bedroom in Noida's Jalvayu Vihar on May 16. The body of the domestic help was found in a pool of blood a day later on the terrace of the house.

Case Timeline

May 16, 2008: Aarushi Talwar, 14, found dead with her throat slit in the bedroom of her Noida home. Nepalese domestic help Hemraj suspected of the murder

May 17: Body of Hemraj found on the terrace of the Talwar house

May 18: Police say murders were conducted with surgical precision, insider job suspected

May 22: Police suspects it to be a case of honour killing

May 23: Aarushi's father Rajesh Talwar arrested for the double murder

May 31: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) takes over the case

June 13: Krishna, Rajesh Talwar's compounder, arrested by the CBI. Ten days later, Raj Kumar, the servant of a doctor friend of the Talwars, and Vijay Mandal, the domestic help of Talwars' neighbour, also held

The Talwar family. Photo: justiceforaarushitalwar.com

The Talwar family. Photo: justiceforaarushitalwar.com

July 12: Rajesh given bail by a Ghaziabad court after no evidence was found against him

Jan 5, 2010: The CBI moves court to conduct narco test on the Talwar couple

Dec 29: The CBI files a closure report, stating Rajesh is the main suspect, but there was not enough evidence against him

Feb 9, 2011: The Ghaziabad court rejects CBI's closure report and orders that Rajesh and Nupur Talwar be tried for the crime. The couple also face allegations of destruction of evidence. Bailable warrants issued against the couple

Apr 30: Nupur Talwar arrested

May 25: Rajesh and Nupur Talwar charged by the Ghaziabad court with murder, destruction of evidence and conspiracy

Sep 25: Nupur Talwar released on bail on Supreme Court order

April 2013: The CBI tells the court that Aarushi and Hemraj were killed by the Talwars

May 3: Defence counsel pleads before the court to summon 14 people, including former CBI joint director Arun Kumar as witness. CBI opposes the plea

May 6: Trial court dismisses Talwar's petition for summoning 14 witnesses. It orders recording of statements of Rajesh and Nupur

Oct 18: The CBI closes arguments, says Talwars "misled" investigators

Nov 25: Rajesh and Nupur Talwar found guilty of murdering their only daughter

Nov 26: The CBI court gives life imprisonment to both Rajesh and Nupur Talwar

Jan 21, 2014: The Talwars move Allahabad High Court against the CBI court's life sentence

Jan 11, 2017: Allahabad High Court reserves its judgment on an appeal filed by the Talwars, challenging their conviction

Oct 12, 2017: Allahabad High Court acquits the Talwars of the murders, giving them benefit of doubt