The Allahabad High Court on Thursday declared Nupur Talwar and Rajesh Talwar not guilty in the murder of their daughter Aarushi Talwar.
The judges said that the CBI had been unable to prove the Talwars’ guilt adding that ‘there is no irresistible conclusion that accused did the murders.’
The judges also slammed the lower court for behaving like film directors while holding Talwar family guilty.
They said, “Like a film Director, the trial Judge has tried to thrust coherence amongst facts inalienably scattered here and there but not giving any coherence to the idea as to what in fact happened.”
Reacting to the judgement, Nupur Talwar’s father said that the nine-year trial in the murder of their daughter Aarushi had left the Talwar couple emotionally drained, thanking the judiciary for acquitting them.
BG 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 told reporters here.
Vandana Talwar, Aarushi’s aunt, said the entire family had suffered for nearly a decade as the case dragged on.
“We are deeply relieved and thankful to God for the verdict. it’s been an exhausting journey for us and extremely trying for our family,” she was quoted by PTI.
She refused to go into the merits of the case and the judgement, saying the couple’s lawyers would answer questions on who killed Aarushi and their domestic help Hemraj.
“We are really grateful to the high court for having acquitted Rajesh and Nupur and brought an end to injustice meted out to them.
“I would like to thank all the people who supported us through the long ordeal — our family, friends, team of lawyers and people who were not even known to us before this tragedy happened,” she said.
14-year-old Aarushi was found dead inside her room in the Talwars’ Noida residence with her throat slit in May 2008. Then the family’s Nepalese domestic help was discovered killed on the terrace. 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 two days later.
Rajesh Talwar was arrested seven days after the murder and spent two months in jail before getting bail. Both Rajesh and his wife, Nupur, has been in jail since November 2013.
As the Uttar Pradesh Police drew flak over shoddy investigation into the case which was making national headlines, the then chief minister Mayawati handed over the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
What added more confusion in the case was the sensational twists and turns after two CBI officers reached contradictory conlusions on the basis of more or less the same evidence.
The first team led by Arun Kumar, as reported by Times of India, claimed a breakthrough on the basis of “scientific evidence”, primarily narco-analysis test reports, and arrested three men — Talwar’s compounder Krishna and two domestic helps working in the neighbourhood, Rajkumar and Vijay Mandal. But the agency failed to chargesheet the accused, resulting in their discharge.