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12 October 2017, 06:29 | Devin Moran
Aarushi-Hemraj murder case: Allahabad HC acquits Nupur, Rajesh Talwar; gives them benefit of doubt
The Allahabad High Court on Thursday has acquitted the parents of Aarushi Talwar, who was found murdered nine years back in Noida, setting aside the CBI court's earlier order, in connection with the double murder case, which shook the nation in 2008.
The 14-year-old girl was found dead at her Noida residence on May 16, 2008. The CBI court said they had killed Aarushi in a fit of rage because they suspected her of having an affair with Hemraj. However, the same has now been dismissed by the AllahabadHigh Court.
# At this age it was very trying for me to see my daughter and son-in-law being lodged in jail for a crime they did not commit.
The Allahabad High Court has acquitted the Talwars in the Aarushi murder case. 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".
The Talwars were convicted by a lower court in 2013 and sentenced to life prison.
"The high court observed that they have been punished wrongly". It was found that Aarushi was murdered using a surgical knife and her throat was slit.
Aarushi's parents are likely to be released on Friday. The verdict was given under tight security at the Allahabad High Court. The body of the family's domestic help, Hemraj, who was initially suspected of her murder, was found in a pool of blood on the terrace of the flat the following day.
Justices B.K. Narayana and Arvind Kumar Mishra said in their judgment that the circumstantial evidence provided by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was insufficient to prove that the Talwars were guilty, giving the couple, serving life terms awarded by a special court, the benefit of doubt.
# However, the mystery over the sensational murder case further deepened as the two CBI teams which investigated the case, came to contradictory conclusions.
The CBI later declared that this was a "blind case". The court hall was a packed one as the judge pronounced the verdict.
All three were arrested by the CBI during the initial stages of the investigation into the murder but the investigation agency in its closure report ruled out their involvement after lie-detection test, psychoanalysis and narco analysis tests were conducted on the three. They had appealed against their conviction.
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