SC to hear CBI’s appeal against Talwars' acquittal
Ten months after the Allahabad High Court acquitted dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the murder case of their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, the Supreme Court on Friday admitted the CBI’s appeal against the acquittal. The SC ordered the appeal will be heard with the plea filed by Hemraj’s widow.
It was on October 12 last year that the Allahabad High Court set aside the conviction of the Talwars, who were found guilty of the twin murders that took place on May 16, 2008. The body of Aarushi was found lying with her throat slit in her bedroom, while the 45-year-old servant was found dead with a deep cut wound on the head two days later from the terrace of the house.
Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh, who appeared for the CBI, informed the court about the pending petition by Hemraj’s widow where notice has already been issued. The Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Navin Sinha, and KM Joseph admitted the appeal and tagged it to be heard with the other appeal.
The case has had several twists and turns. Soon after the ghastly murder, the Uttar Pradesh Police held a Press conference declaring that the needle of suspicion was on the parents of the girl. Thereafter, then Mayawati Government referred the case to the CBI for investigation.
The probe revealed that there was no forced entry into the house on the night of the tragic incident.
The CBI also noted that even if somebody broke into the bedroom of the girl, there was no way her screams would not had been heard by her parents, who were sleeping in the adjacent room. A liquor bottle was recovered from the hall of the house. The Talwars disputed the CBI’s claim and demanded DNA finger printing of the bottle in question.
Finally, in the absence of eyewitnesses, the CBI filed a closure report before the concerned Ghaziabad court detailing the sequence of events and pointing to the role of the parents as suspects in the crime. The trial judge, instead of accepting the closure report, ordered retrial that finally led to conviction of the parents in 2013. In between, the Talwar couple agitated against this decision of the trial court in the Supreme Court, which cleared the decks for the agency to proceed against them.
On February 9, retired special CBI judge Shyam Lal, who had convicted the Talwar couple, also moved the apex court against the HC decision to expunge certain “disparaging” remarks made against him. The HC remarked that the trial judge tried to solve the case like a “mathematical puzzle” where the evidence was taken for granted. In March, the CBI prepared its appeal that came up for hearing on Friday.
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