Aarushi Talwar case verdict: Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar will be released from Ghaziabad’s Dasna Jail today after they were acquitted by the Allahabad High Court in the murders of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in 2008. The Dasna jail official yesterday told media that after hearing the news of the verdict, Nupur Talwar said, “Justice has been done.” It was also learned that both Nupur and Rajesh Talwar had skipped their breakfast on Thursday morning, according to reports. The court ruled that neither the circumstances nor the evidence was enough to hold them guilty. The 263-page verdict ends, at least for now, the nine-year ordeal of the Noida couple who were sentenced to life by a Ghaziabad CBI court on November 28, 2013 for the double murder that not only transfixed but also shook the nation with its element of filicide.
Taking to media, Nupur Talwar’s father had said yesterday the nine-year trial in the murder of their daughter Aarushi had left the Talwar couple emotionally drained. He also had thanking the judiciary for acquitting them. B G Chitnis, a former group captain in the Indian Air Force, said it was very trying for him to see his daughter, Nupur and her husband Rajesh behind bars. “I am grateful to the judiciary for the verdict. They (the Talwar couple) have really suffered. They are emotionally drained. At my age it was very trying to see my daughter and son-in-law put behind bars for a crime they did not commit,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.
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Aarushi was found dead inside her room in the Talwars’ Noida residence with her throat slit in May 2008. The needle of suspicion had initially moved towards 45-year-old Hemraj, who had gone missing but his body was recovered from the terrace of the house a day later. As the Uttar Pradesh Police drew flak over shoddy investigation into the case which was making national headlines, the then chief minister Mayawati recommended a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation.