The Allahabad High Court has acquitted the Talwars in the Aarushi murder case. The court held that that Dr Rajesh and Nupur Talwar did not commit the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.
While passing the order, the court reversed the verdict of the CBI court which had convicted the Talwars. The court observed that someone cannot be convicted on mere suspicion. For a conviction strong evidence is required the court also observed. The court held that on the basis of the circumstances and evidence on record, the couple cannot be held guilty of the murder. The CBI has failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt the guilt, the court also held.
The High Court pronounced its verdict on an appeal filed by the Aarushi's parents Dr Rajesh andNupur Talwar. They had challenged a CBI court order which had convicted them for the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in 2008.
Meanwhile the CBI says that it would examine the verdict before deciding on filing the appeal. The CBI said that it is waiting for a copy of the judgment and after going through it would move the Supreme Court in appeal.
Aarushi Talwar was killed at her house on the night of May 15-16, 2008 in Noida. The police found her with her throat slit and injuries on her head.
The CBI court had in 2013 held the Talwars guilty of killing Aarushi after noting that the provisions of the Evidence Act had transferred the onus on the parents to explain how the teenager was murdered.
Security around the court hall was tight in view of this verdict. The court hall was a packed one as the judge pronounced the verdict.
The CBI court while pronouncing its verdict had said that there is no direct evidence in the Aarushi Talwar murder case but it is clear that the prosecution has placed a clinching wealth of circumstances from which the guilt of both the accused has been made out to the extent human instruments can apprehend.'
Recondite possibility of alternative hypothesis as put forward by the accused cannot be accepted. It is a matter of common knowledge that many murders have been committed without any known or prominent motive. Mere fact that prosecution has failed to translate that mental disposition of the accused into evidence does not mean that no such mental condition existed in the mind of the assailant. Parents are the best protectors of their own children- that is the order of human nature but there have been freaks in the history of mankind when the father and mother became the killer of their own progeny. The test that the accused must be guilty and not may be guilty should not be confused with the exclusion of every contrary possibility, the CBI court had also said.