Thursday marks yet another day in the Aarushi Talwar murder case. Even though the 14-year-old was murdered in 2008, the wheels of the law are still turning. The Allahabad High Court is expected to deliver its verdict today on an appeal filed by Rajesh and Nupur Talwar challenging a CBI court order convicting them for the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj. The couple were awarded life sentence by a special CBI court in Ghaziabad on November 26, 2013, a day after their conviction. The decision was reserved by a division bench of the high court comprising justices B K Narayana and A K Mishra, fixing October 12 for the verdict.
For those who still don’t know who is Aarushi Talwar and why she is in the news, here is who she was: on the morning of May 16, 2008, soon-to-turn 14-year-old was found dead in the bedroom of her house in Jalvayu Vihar, Noida. Her throat was slit and her head bludgeoned. A day later, police found Hemraj (45), the domestic help, dead on the terrace of the same flat. His throat was also slit and he had suffered injuries to his head. According to a report by The Indian Express, there were wounds all over Hemraj’s body and the door to the terrace was found locked from inside.
Initially, the Noida police thought that some insider was behind the twin murders. Talwars’ former domestic help Vishnu Sharma was initially named as a suspect in the case. A week later, police suspected it to be a case of honour killing and her parents, Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar, both dentists, came under the scanner.
According to the IE report, on May 23, 2008, Rajesh Talwar was taken into custody after police alleged that he murdered Aarushi and Hemraj after finding them in an objectionable position. The case was later handed over to CBI. It arrested Krishna Thadaraj, an assistant at Rajesh’s Noida clinic and performed a lie detector test on Rajesh Talwar. The same test was also conducted on Aarushi’s mother, Nupur Talwar.
In December 2010, CBI submitted a closure report on the grounds of “insufficient evidence”. Giving a clean chit to the servants, CBI named Rajesh Talwar as the prime suspect. Three years later in 2013, CBI judge Shyam Lal convicted the Talwars for both murders and destruction of evidence.