Indian Court Acquits Dentist Couple Of Killing Daughter

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The court held that that Dr Rajesh and Nupur Talwar did not commit the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.

Although, a special CBI court had found Aarushi's parents guilty in 2012, the dentist couple chose to appeal against the order at the Allahabad High Court.

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'.

Fourteen-year-old Aarushi Talwar was found with her throat slit in her Noida residence on May 17, 2008. However, his body too was found in a pool of blood a day later on the terrace of the house.

A CBI court had in 2013 sentenced the Talwars to life imprisonment for murdering their 14-year-daughter Aarushi. This decision by the Allahabad HC was a big one as it accepted the plea from Rajesh and Nupur Talwar who were convicted of the murder of their own daughter earlier. The story is fictitious and follows a CBI investigator (Kay Kay Menon played the character) as he tries to discover who was actually responsible for it.

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It was then that the police began suspecting the parents, Rajesh and Nupur, after they allegedly had found Hemraj and Arushi in an "objectionable" position. Vishnu Sharma, Talwar's previous help and Kishan their compounder were also arrested on suspicion of murder, but the court released them after a lie-detection test. CBI has failed to prove their conviction and they have no chain of evidences to support their claim.

Both parents were later charged, but the Talwars always denied the murder and blamed sensational media coverage for demonising them and damaging their defence. They were also convicted for destruction of evidence.

In 2009, the CBI had handed over the murder case to a new team and suggested a closure of it. When they challenged the verdict in the Allahabad High Court, they blamed the CBI for "shoddy investigation".

The verdict ends the nine-year ordeal of the Noida-based dentist couple who were sentenced to life by a Ghaziabad CBI court on November 28, 2013 for the double murder that captivated and shook the nation with its element of filicide.

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