The Allahabad High Court will today pronounce its judgment on a plea filed by Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, challenging a CBI court order that convicted them for the double murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.
The couple was awarded a life term by a special CBI court in Ghaziabad in November 2013 after it found the duo guilty of the crime. Both have been in jail since. The CBI had sought death penalty for the Talwar couple.
Rajesh and Nupur Talwar filed a petition in the Allahabad High Court, challenging their conviction. In September this year, a high court bench comprising Justice BK Narayana and Justice AK Mishra had reserved its verdict on the petition filed by the accused duo.
During the initial phase of the probe, the Noida police had accused Rajesh Talwar of murdering Aarushi and Hemraj in the heat of the moment after allegedly finding them in a compromising position. But they had no material or forensic evidence to prove this charge.
The Talwars, on their part, have denied that they are involved and blame the media for sensationalising the issue and portraying them as the villains. The judge who found them guilty 4 years ago said they had also destroyed evidence.
The CBI had to take over the case after this investigation was criticised as not being transparent. After the CBI in December 2010 told the court that it had not evidence in the case while suspecting Rajesh Talwar of the double murder, the court said that the case could not be closed.
The CBI has held the view that there’s nothing to suggest that anyone had broken into Talwar’s home, hinting clearly at the possibility of the double murder being an insider’s job.
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