CBI challenges acquittal of Aarushi Talwar's parents in Supreme Court
Despite it being a decade since they were killed, investigations into the murders of Aarushi Talwar and Hemraj are far from over. In a fresh development, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) moved the Supreme Court on Thursday, challenging the Allahabad High Court's acquittal of Aarushi's parents Rajesh and Nupur Talwar last October over 'benefit of the doubt'. Read on for more.
Aarushi found dead in room, Hemraj on the terrace
On May 16, 2008, 13-year-old Aarushi was found dead in her room. Initially, the domestic help Hemraj was suspected, but his body too was found the next day. Upon investigation, several names cropped up: the Talwars' former help, Rajesh's compounder, and helps of neighbors. The CBI finally accused Rajesh and Nupur Talwar. In November 2013, they were sentenced to life by a CBI court.
A case built on highly questionable circumstantial evidence
The case is a prime example of lack of evidence. Apparently, CBI conducted "scientific" tests with Shalimar paint as blood; medical opinions were taken from lab sweepers; and questionable claims were made after the autopsies. The judge had reportedly started writing the verdict weeks before arguments even began. Hindustan Times wrote, "Nobody knows (who killed Aarushi). Except the CBI, which doesn't have evidence."
Hemraj's widow had moved SC in December, challenging Talwars' acquittal
Notably, in December 2017, Hemraj's widow Khumkala had approached the SC, challenging the Allahabad High Court's decision. She believed Rajesh was involved in the double murder but wasn't as sure about Nupur. She had said she was "saddened" by their acquittal, but not surprised. "The focus has always been the death of Aarushi. No one talks about justice (for) my husband," she had said then.