India’s biggest murder mystery remains unresolved even after 9 years. The Allahabad High Court on Thursday has pronounced its verdict, has found Aarushi’s parent’s, Dr Rajesh Talwar and Dr Nupur Talwar, innocent and has acquitted them of the charges laid on them by the Special Court. While delivering the verdict, the High Court stated that the Talwars must be given benefit of doubt and cannot be convicted on mere suspension.
According to the 2013 verdict by the Special Court, the Talwars were guilty of the murder of their daughter and domestic help on the night of 15 May 2008. 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar was found dead with her throat slit at her home in Noida. Two days later, body of domestic help, Hemraj too was found on the terrace of the Talwars' house.
Aarushi's parents who were found guilty and given life term by a special court in 2013 had appealed against the order in the Allahabad High Court. Rajesh Talwar was also convicted under section 203 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for giving false information about the offence. A court will today take a call on the conviction of the Talwars.
If you’ve lost track of what followed the 9-year-old incident, here’s a flashback of events.
(According to a report by The Hindu)
May 18: Noida police says the twin murders were done with surgical precision, insider job suspected.
May 19: Former domestic help Vishnu Sharma suspected.
May 21: Delhi police joins the probe.
May 23: Rajesh Talwar, Aarushi's father, arrested for the double murders.
June 1: CBI takes over the case from Noida police.
June 26: CBI claims it to be a “blind case”. Bail appeal refused for Rajesh Talwar by Ghaziabad magistrate.
July 12: Rajesh Talwar gets bail.
December 29: CBI team files a closure report citing “insufficient evidence.” Servant get clean chit and Talwars remain prime suspects after narco test.
January 25: Rajesh Talwar suffers grievous injuries following an attack by one Utsav Sharma on the Special CBI court premises in Ghaziabad.
March 19: The couple approaches the Supreme Court.
The couple is convicted for the double-murder and sentenced to life imprisonment by a special Central Bureau of Investigation court.
A film ‘Talwar’ was released based on this case. The film was directed by Meghna Gulzar, inspired by a book written by journalist Avirook Sen. The book indicates that Aarushi's parents have been wrongly indicted as killers by the investigators.
12 October: The Allahabad High Court will pronounce its verdict on the appeal filed by Dr Rajesh Talwar and Dr Nupur Talwar.
The Talwars will now walk free.