Aarushi murder: Talwars walk out after four years in prison
Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, cleared of murder charges of their daughter Aarushi, finally walked out of Dasna Jail today, four days after being acquitted. The delay was caused as the court order didn't reach the prison authorities till late. For now, they will stay at Nupur's parents' house in Jal Vayu Vihar; their Ghaziabad apartment is leased out. The Talwars have sought police protection.
After four years of imprisonment, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar have been acquitted in the murder case of their daughter Aarushi. In 2013, the couple had been sentenced for allegedly murdering the teenager and their house help Hemraj after finding them in an "objectionable" position. There were widespread allegations the parents had been charged despite lack of evidence.
On May 16, 2008, 13-year-old Aarushi was found dead in her room with her throat slit. Initially, the family help Hemraj was suspected, but his body was found on the terrace the next day. During the investigation, several names cropped up: the Talwars' former help Vishnu, Rajesh's compounder Krishna, and Rajkumar and Sambhu, helps of neighbors and family friends. Rajesh was arrested briefly too.
Two and a half years later, the CBI filed a closure report "completely" clearing Krishna, Rajkumar and Sambhu. It then accused Rajesh and Nupur Talwar. In November'13, they were sentenced to life by a CBI court. The couple remains in Dasna jail.
The case was 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. As HT writes, "Nobody knows (who killed Aarushi). Except the CBI, which doesn't have evidence."