Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has said that the police made a "total dog's breakfast" of the investigation in the Aarushi murder case. In a series of tweets, Abdullah wrote, "Don't know who killed #Arushi & will probably never know but what I do know is the police made a total dogs breakfast of the investigation (sic)," suggesting that the probe was a complete mess. "The law presumes innocence until guilt is established beyond reasonable doubt. Innocent till proven guilty is bedrock of criminal law," he said in another tweet.
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- What Did The Court Say?
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- Aarushi Murder Case timeline
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- Talwar family welcome the verdict
- Talwars acquitted
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- Kabir Bedi tweets
- Verdict @ 2:45 pm
- D-Day for Nupur and Rajesh Talwar
- Security increased
- Judge arrives
- What went wrong against Talwars
- Talwars' Defence
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What did the court say? “CBI has failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the Talwar couple killed both Aarushi and Hemraj. CBI has failed to prove that no one else entered the house during the night. In cases where you depend on circumstantial evidence… Only the benefit of the doubt goes to the accused. The accused will be given benefit of doubt. They can be held guilty only if the facts established is entirely consistent with the guilt. The hypothesis of the agency was not convulsive in nature. The chain of events given by CBI snapped because CBI could not prove that no one entered the house at night."
READ | 'Burden of Proof' Relieves Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in Aarushi Murder Case
The Allahabad High Court has acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar of the charges of murdering their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in 2008.
The Allahabad High Court on Thursday acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the murder of their daughter Aarushi and their domestic help Hemraj in 2008, saying they could not be held guilty on the basis of the evidence on record. The verdict ends a nine-year ordeal of the parents who were found guilty by a CBI court of murdering 14-year-old Aarushi.
An infographic detailing the sequence of events in the Aarushi Murder case :
Parents of Aarushi Talwar broke down as soon as the verdict in the murder case was announced. Jail Officials said Rajesh and Nupur Talwar will be released as soon as the court communicates the verdict to them. "Once a certified copy of the Aarushi Murder case verdict arrives, within half-an-hour Talwars will be released," Jail Superintendent said. The verdict ends a nine-year ordeal of the parents who were found guilty by a CBI court of murdering 14-year-old Aarushi.
I am thankful to the judiciary for giving a positive verdict... It has been a stressful life since Aarushi Talwar has passed away... I am grateful for the acquittal of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar...Allow us to absorb the news.. We always knew they were'nt guilty, says Aarushi Talwar's grandfather to CNN-News18.
The couple, which has been behind bars since November 2013, will now finally walk out free. Although their release is likely to be challenged by CBI in Supreme Court very soon. The couple was first convicted of murdering their daughter by a special CBI court in November 2013. CBI, which was tasked with investigating the case, had argued for capital punishment for the dentist couple arguing the murder to be in ‘the rarest of rare’ category. However, the court had sentenced Nupur and Rajesh Talwar to life. The CBI judge, who had reportedly relied heavily on circumstantial evidence, had convicted the couple sentences of not just killing their daughter, but also for destroying evidence and filing the wrong FIR with the police.
Nine years after their daughter was murdered and four years after they were held guilty of the murder of Aarushi Talwar by a lower court, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were exonerated by the Allahabad High Court at 2:50 pm on Thursday. Judgement was pronounced by a two-member Allahabad High Court bench, which said conviction can’t be based on suspicion and they have to be given benefit of doubt.
Sources in Dasna jail, where the couple is lodged, said that Nupur and Rajesh Talwar had been keeping track of the proceedings through television installed in their barracks. “All the barracks have television sets. They were also watching the proceedings live as were some other inmates,” said a source from Dasna jail.
The source added that the couple was visited by Rajesh’s brother – Dinesh Talwar, who is an eye surgeon, in jail four days ago.
The conviction can't be based on suspicion: Allahabad High COurt to CBI... Fourteen-year-old 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 two days later.
Rajesh and Nupur Talwar acquitted in the Aarushi Talwar Murder case...Fourteen-year-old 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 two days later.
Allahabad High Court Division Bench have entered the courtroom to pronounce the verdict in the Aarushi Murder Case... the courtroom is packed ahead of the verdict...Security around the Allahabad High Court has been increased...Fourteen-year-old 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 two days later.
Aarushi Talwar Murder Case verdict will be pronounced at 2:45 pm...Meanwhile, security around the Allahabad High Court has been increased... Fourteen-year-old Aarushi Talwar 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 two days later.
READ | Will the 'Burden of Proof' Clause Decide the Fate of Aarushi Talwar's Parents?
The CBI court had in its 2013 judgment held the Talwar couple guilty of killing their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi Talwar after noting that the Evidence Act provisions had transferred the onus on the parents to explain how the teenager was murdered.
Judge arrives in the Court room to pronounce the verdict in the Aarushi Murder Case. Fourteen-year-old 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 two days later.
What went against Talwars in CBI court Verdict
1) No forced entry: Four people were in house, two died. Onus on Talwars to prove that who else could have killed Aarushi and Hemraj.
Defence in High Court: There was a friendly entry. Hemraj allowed his friends Krishna, Rajkumar and Vijay Mondol to enter via his room. From Hemraj’s room, they accessed Aarushi's room.
2) Aarushi's room was locked from outside. Only Parents had keys
Defence in High Court: There was another entry to her room via the bathroom. This was never considered
3) Dressing up of crime scene- Blood was not spattered on bed sheet, toys etc around Aarushi's body
Defence: Deny allegations. Say Talwars woke up to find Aarushi dead.
4) Golf club murder weapon: The injury on Aarushi's forehead matches the Golf club. Rajesh Talwar deliberately hid the club and later cleaned and destroyed evidence before handing it to CBI.
Defence- A hammer and a khukri was used to kill not golf club.
5) Motive: Sudden and grave provocation. Rajesh Talwar got angry and kiled Aarushi accidentally. Hemraj was killed in cold blood
Defence: Reject sudden provocation theory. This was introduced belatedly by Investigating Officer of CBI team 2 Kaul.
Here is Talwars’ defence on the Aarushi Talwar and Hemraj murder case:
* No evidence to prove that Hemraj was murdered inside Aarushi Talwar’s room
* According to forensic expert M S Dahiya's report, which directly points finger on the Talwars, is totally baseless and was prepared to implicate the dentist couple
* Dahiya never visited the scene of the crime, but "prepared report against Rajesh and Nupur Talwar"
* No blood, no DNA, no biological fluid and no fingerprints which belonged to Hemraj, were found in Aarushi's room
* Hemraj was not murdered in Aarushi's room
* Dr. Sunil Dohre's statement was recorded 5 times, but he never mentioned that Aarushi's vagina had prominent opening and her vaginal canal was visible
* Investigation in the case had “become too personal”
* Likely tutoring & possible blackmail of some key witnesses
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