Allahabad HC acquits Talwars in Aarushi murder case, gives benefit of doubt

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The landmark verdict said that the parents of Aarushi Talwar, who were the prime suspects of the murder, had to be acquitted as there was no substantial evidence which pointed tyo their being guilty.

Irrfan and Konkona Sensharma-starrer Talvar approached the case from various points of view, with director Meghna Gulzar trying her best to tread a middle ground.

In a major relief for Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, the Allahabad High Court on Thursday overruled the trial court judgment in the Aarushi Talwar murder case and declared them both innocent.

Nupur and Rajesh Talwar have been serving their sentence in Ghaziabad's Dasna jail.

After spending nearly two months in jail, Rajesh Talwar got bail on July 12, 2008.

The Special CBI court in Ghaziabad had previously sentenced the Talwars to rigorous imprisonment for life. "They are not guilty", he said.

"The court observed that the case against the Talwars was baseless".

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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.

Jail sources said the couple were likely to walk free on Friday.

Fourteen-year-old Aarushi Talwar was found dead on May 16, 2008 in her house in Noida with her throat slit and head bludgeoned. Initially, the police suspected the domestic help of the family, Hemraj, but next day, his dead body was recovered from the terrace of the same flat.

After the state police failed to crack the case, the then UP chief minister Mayawati recommended a CBI probe to resolve the murder mystery. None of the two films, of course, could show a conclusion on screen. Then, the CBI constituted a second team to investigate.

But the judge of a CBI court instead framed charges of murder and destruction of evidence against the Talwars. CBI could not substantiate evidence. The CBI court said they had killed Aarushi in a fit of rage because they suspected her of having an affair with Hemraj.

Talwars' counselTanveer Mir thanked the court for the acquittal. When they challenged the verdict in the Allahabad High Court, they blamed the CBI for "shoddy investigation". 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.

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