Ghaziabad: A special CBI court in
Ghaziabad today found Nupur and Rajesh Talwar guilty of murdering their
daughter Aarushi and their domestic help Hemraj at their home in May 2008.
They were arrested and taken to a jail in Ghaziabad.
A lawyer said the couple were in tears when the verdict was read out.
“When the verdict was announced, the Talwars started crying along with
their family,” said Naresh Yadav, Hemraj's counsel.
Reacting to the verdict, the Talwars said in a statement,"We are deeply
disappointed, hurt and anguished for being convicted for a crime that we
have not committed. We refuse to feel defeated, will continue to fight for
Rajesh Talwar has been convicted for filing a wrong FIR with Noida police.
Quantum of punishment will be announced tomorrow.
The Talwars were convicted under sections 34, 302 and 201 of the Indian
Penal Code. Rajesh Talwar was also convicted under section 203.
The Talwars would now move High Court to challenge the verdict.
The Aarushi-Hemraj double murder is one of India's most sensational
criminal cases in which the girl's parents, both dentists, were the prime
After the crime took place May 15, 2008, the case was investigated by
Uttar Pradesh Police. During the probe, police suspected the involvement
of Aarushi's parents, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar. Rajesh Talwar was arrested
May 23, 2008.
However, a fortnight after the murders, the case was handed over to the
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) May 31, 2008. The bureau submitted
its closure report Dec 29, 2010, when it could not establish the sequence
In the absence of reliable evidence, the investigation
agency said: "No one can be accounted accused."
During the trial, Jan 25, 2011, Rajesh Talwar was attacked in the court
premises. The Talwars then applied to shift the trial from Ghaziabad to
Delhi, but the application was rejected by the Supreme Court.
On Feb 28, 2011, a CBI special magistrate passed an order in which the
closure report was rejected and summons were issued to Rajesh and Nupur
The CBI's investigation officer, A.G.L. Kaul, said during
his testimony that on the basis of the circumstances, he was convinced
that the dentist couple killed their daughter.
cross-examination, Kaul, however, admitted he had never seen such a
surgical scalpel that could have been used to sever the throats of Aarushi
Rajesh Talwar answered about 330 questions raised by
the court from the recorded statements of the witnesses.
final arguments, the accused parents of Aarushi refuted the CBI theory
that they killed their daughter and the servant in sudden provocation.
said the CBI's claim during various stages of the probe that five
different weapons -- hammer, knife, khukri, golf stick and surgical
scalpel -- were used showed that the agency was not sure of what exactly
On Nov 12, 2013, the CBI judge adjourned the court till
Nov 25, the date set for the judgment.
Read: Timeline of Aarushi-Hemraj murder case