The CBI completed its argument on Tuesday, while the Talwar’s counsel were yet to complete their account with the proceedings continuing on Wednesday.
CBI senior prosecutor RK Saini has been quoted as saying, “We have asked for charges under Sections 302 (murder), 201 (destruction of evidence) and 203 (giving false information) against Rajesh and Nupur Talwar. Apart from committing the murder of their daughter Arushi and their domestic help Hemraj, they also misled the investigating agency by filing a false FIR against Hemraj when the murder of Arushi was first discovered.”
The sessions court, headed by Additional Sessions Judge Shyam Lal, saw the CBI stating that it was up to the Talwar’s to explain on what transpired on the night Aarushi was killed. The driver of the Talwar’s claimed that when “he went to the house to hand over the car keys at 9.50 pm that night, all four persons were present in the house”.
The Talwar’s counsel, however, argued that all the CBI evidence was only circumstantial and not solid evidence valid enough to point fingers at the couple. The counsel said, “The Supreme Court has said that there must be a chain of evidence so certain that it leaves no doubt of the guilt of the accused. In this case though, there is no such chain. Just because Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were home at the time cannot prove their guilt beyond doubt.”
The CBI counsel argued, “The slits on the throats of both Arushi and Hemraj could only have been made by surgically trained persons.” With regards to the destruction of evidence, the counsel argued that they washed the walls of Aarushi’s room to clean the blood splattered on them and also changed Aarushi’s bed sheet after the murder. They also tried to get Aarushi’s postmortem report changed.