Aarushi murder case: Relieved, we went through trying times, says Talwar family

Aarushi-Hemraj double-murder case As it happened

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday acquitted Nupur and Rajesh Talwar in the 2008 murder case of their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, saying they could not be held guilty as per the circumstances and the evidence on record.

On the night of 16 May 2008, Aarushi was found dead with her throat slit in the bedroom of her Noida home. The landmark verdict said that the parents of Aarushi Talwar, who were the prime suspects of the murder, had to be acquitted as there was no substantial evidence which pointed tyo their being guilty.

After spending nearly two months in jail, Rajesh Talwar got bail on July 12, 2008.

While passing the order, the court reversed the verdict of the CBI court which had convicted the Talwars.

"It was very exhausting and trying...", she said.

John, who is a family friend of the couple, hoping that the Talwars, who have been in media spotlight for over nine years, will be allowed privacy after their release from the jail.

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"The couple is likely to be released on Friday, " said the official. The suspicion initially fell on 45-year-old Hemraj, who at the time was missing.

Since then Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are imprisoned in Ghaziabad's Dasna jail.

As the Uttar Pradesh Police drew flak over shoddy investigation into the case which was making national headlines, the then chief minister Mayawati handed over the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). None of the two films, of course, could show a conclusion on screen.

Hence, the CBI Special Judge S. Lal ruled Aarushi's parents guilty of murder and conspiracy. Later, it was discovered by the CBI that the murder was done with precision, and a butcher or a doctor could have done it. The court held that on the basis of the circumstances and evidence on record, the couple can not be held guilty of the murder. The CBI special court rejected the "closure report" and ordered the prosecution of the Talwars based on existing evidence.

Talwars' counselTanveer Mir thanked the court for the acquittal. "In fact, they will have to answer a number of questions in the Supreme Court as to why they did not investigate properly". The murders of Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj gripped the imagination of the nation, indeed several other parts of the world. The film was directed by Meghna Gulzar.