New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has demanded death for Dr Rajesh Talwar and Dr Nupur Talwar for the murders of their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj Banjade. According to the prosecution, the convicts should be given the maximum penalty as they killed two people, one of whom was their daughter while the defence sought leniency during the arguments in the CBI special court in Ghaziabad on Tuesday.
Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were convicted of committing the double murders by the CBI court on Monday. Conviction under IPC Section 302 (murder) carries a minimum punishment of imprisonment for life and shall also be liable to fine while the maximum is death.
The five-and-a-half year old gruesome twin murder mystery of 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar and her domestic help Hemraj Banjade finally came to an end on Monday when the Ghaziabad court convicted the teenager's parents for the killings in their residence in Noida. The special CBI court at Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh said that both the accused parents had flouted the ferocious penal code of the land and were, therefore, liable to be held guilty.
Both of them were taken into custody after the verdict and sent to Dasna jail. Arguments on sentencing will be held on Tuesday after which the judge will announce the quantum of punishment.
The Talwar couple reportedly broke down in court as the verdict was pronounced after two adjournments since morning. A shadow of gloom also came over the Talwar family who have time and again blamed the investigators of being biased and also held the media responsible of holding an out of court trial.
Right after the court pronounced the couple guilty, the Talwars issued a statement which stated, "We are deeply hurt and anguished over the crime we have not committed, we refuse to be defeated and will continue to fight for justice". The couple's lawyer Rebecca John has said that they will appeal against the verdict in the Allahabad High Court.
There have been reports that Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were "inconsolable" and refused to have dinner, according to officials at Dasna prison. After the CBI court pronounced its verdict, the dentist couple were taken into custody and taken to Dasna Jail in a blue police gypsy, escorted by two other vehicles.
They reached the jail at around 4 PM, and looked visibly distressed as they alighted the vehicle. "As the quantum of punishment is yet to be delivered, they have been kept in separate cells with high security. Women police personnel have been deputed for Nupur Talwar," said a senior jail official, who didn't wish to be named.
According to jail officials, since they have reached the jail, both Rajesh and Nupur Talwar "have been crying and didn t take dinner". "We tried to talk to them, but Rajesh and Nupur continued crying and were inconsolable," said the official.
Reading the operative part of the verdict, special judge Shyam Lal convicted both the parents for murder and destruction of evidence and on the charge of committing an act in furtherance of common intention.
The judgement delivered in the sensational double murder case also held Rajesh and Nupur guilty of secreting and obliterating the evidence of the commission of the murders to screen them from legal punishment. In addition to this, Dr Rajesh has also been found guilty of furnishing false information to the police regarding the murder of his daughter by Hemraj.
Rajesh has been convicted under the Indian Penal Code Sections 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender), 203 (giving false information in respect to an offence committed), 302 (murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), while his wife Nupur has been found guilty under Sections 201, 302 and 34.