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Aarushi Hemraj murder: Lawyer calls order a witch-hunt

Nov 26, 2013 04:55 PM IST India India
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Ghaziabad: Just a short while after the court sentenced Dr Rajesh and Nupur Talwar to life imprisonment for killing their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj Banjade, their lawyer and family members have called the judgement a witch-hunt against the Talwars.

Talwars' lawyer Rebecca John blamed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for arguing for the case to be treated as a rarest of the rare case. "CBI's demand to treat this case as a rarest of the rare case shows the witch-hunt in the case. They first demanded closure and then death. The investigating agency has acted irresponsibly. It was never a rarest of the rare case," she said.

Talwars' family member Vandana Talwar said that they will appeal against the verdict in the higher court. "We will take it on from here. It is a long battle ahead. We will be approaching the higher court," she said.

A family friend Masooma Renalvi called the verdict "a mockery of justice" and said that the Talwar couple has been framed.

Dr Rajesh and Nupur Talwar have been sentenced to life imprisonment for killing their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj Banjade. The special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court at Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh sentenced Rajesh and Nupur on Tuesday in the five-and-a-half year old gruesome twin murder case.

While the CBI demanded death for Talwars, the defence sought leniency during the arguments in the court. According to the prosecution, the convicts should be given the maximum penalty as they killed two people, one of whom was their daughter.

But Special CBI Judge Shyam Lal disagreed with the CBI and rejected the agency's approach to treat it as a rarest of the rare case and award death penalty to Rajesh and Nupur.

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