BREAKING: Talwar couple acquitted in Aarushi murder case

Allahabad High Court set aside the order by CBI court and announced Talwars are not guilty of the Aarushi-Hemraj’s murder. “Profound relief” says Talwar’s lawyer. Two judges bench announced the verdict. The ex-CBI director says, “Court has given Talwars benefit of doubt”. Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are likely to be released from Dasha Jail tomorrow.

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After five years, special CBI judge Shyam Lal held Aarushi’s parents guilty for twin murder and conspiracy against Aarushi and Hemaraj, the dentist couple applied against judgement of CBI court. In his 210 page order, Judge Shyam Lal relied on circumstantial evidence to hold the Talwars guilty. The Indian legal system holds an accused innocent until proven guilty, however, the judge relied on Section 114 and 106 of the Evidence Act to hold the Talwars guilty unless they can prove their innocence.

Here are  10 big points of the story you should know:

1: Aarushi was found with her throat slit in her bed, just days before she turned 14. At first, Hemraj, who was missing, was the main suspect, but the next day, his body was found on the roof of the apartment building where the Talwars lived.

2: Rajesh Talwar was arrested seven days after the murder and spent two months in jail before getting bail. Both Rajesh and his wife, Nupur, have been in jail since November 2013.

3: The case became a sensational story dividing public opinion on who killed Aarushi; a book and a film have been made on the double murder.

4. The CBI had asked for the death penalty when the Talwars were convicted by a local court in Ghaziabad four years ago.

5. Early in the investigation, the Noida police alleged Rajesh Talwar had murdered Aarushi and Hemraj in a rage after finding them in a compromising situation. But they offered no forensic or material evidence to substantiate this claim.

6. The Talwars deny the murder and blame sensational media coverage for demonising them and damaging their defense.

7: The judge who found them guilty four years ago said they had also destroyed evidence.

8: The initial police investigation was widely criticised, prompting the CBI to take over the case. It based its prosecution largely on circumstantial evidence, but said it was enough to prove that the couple had committed the crime.

9: In December 2010, the CBI told the court that it had no evidence in the case but suspected Rajesh Talwar of the double murder. The court said that the case could not be closed.

10: The CBI has said that there’s no evidence of the Talwars’ home being broken into, which suggests the double murder was an inside job. It has also argued the “last-seen theory” — which holds that the victims were last seen with the Talwars on the night that the murders were committed.

(Story filed by Bharvi Dasson)