The Allahabad High Court is expected to deliver its verdict on Thursday on the appeal filed by Dr Rajesh Talwar and Dr Nupur Talwar, against their conviction for the murder of their daughter Aarushi and servant on the night of 15 May 2008. Aarushi was found dead in her bedroom; then Hemraj, the family’s Nepalese domestic help was discovered killed on the terrace. The main suspect was Hemraj, who was missing early morning.
For instance, the HC may give a finding on the motive for the killing and also re-evaluate the testimony of some key witnesses as the defence had pointed out during trial that these witnesses were admittedly tutored by the prosecution, a fact which the trial court found nothing wrong with.
After the UP failed to crack the case, the then chief minister Mayawati recommended a CBI probe into the case. The contradictory conclusions of two separate CBI probes have made the matter worse.
On the contrary, the second CBI team filed a closure report before a special court in Ghaziabad, saying that the murders could have been committed by the Talwars in a fit of rage after they saw their daughter with the domestic help. They had appealed against the order in the High Court.
The couple were convicted for the double murder and sentenced to life imprisonment by a special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Ghaziabad in November 2013. However, the court chose to hear the appeals afresh due to contradictions in some submissions made by the CBI and resumed the hearing in August.
The case was handed over to the CBI after the Noida police were criticised for a botched up investigation, leading to the loss of crucial forensic evidence.