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Aarushi murder case: Uncertainty over release of Talwars from Dasna jail

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New Delhi, Oct 13, 2017: It seems like there is uncertanity over whether the parents of Aarushi Talwar–Rajesh and Nupur Talwar would be released from Dasna jail in Ghaziabad on Friday as the certified copy of the Allahabad High Court order acquitting them had not reached the prison authorities till late Friday afternoon.

The High Court had on Thursday acquitted the Talwars in the murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi in 2008 by saying that the dentist couple could not be held guilty as per the circumstances and the evidence on record.

Prison officials said they had not received a copy of the High Court order and would initiate the release procedure after they get the copy. The copy of the verdict will first be sent to the special CBI court in Ghaziabad, which had convicted them in 2013 and whose order was set aside and overruled by the Allahabad High Court.

After this, the certified copy will reach Dasna prison and the procedure to release Nupur and Rajesh Talwar will begin.

Local lawyer Satyaketu Singh, who contested the case at the CBI court in Ghaziabad, said the release of the Talwars was not possible on Friday as to file for their release a certified copy of the judgment was needed.

Dhruv Gupta, a lawyer for the Talwars, said they were trying their best to get the couple out of the jail on Friday itself.

Authorities said if the relevant documents from the court and the subsequent paper work was not completed by Friday evening, the Talwars might have to stay put in prison till Monday.

Saturday and Sunday are holidays.

Earlier, the couple was held guilty by a CBI court for murdering their own daughter, in what seemed to be a case of honour killing. However, the court on Thursday set aside the earlier judgement and acquitted the couple.

After a Special CBI Court in Ghaziabad convicted them for the murders in 2013 and handed them life terms, the Talwars appealed in the Allahabad High Court against the verdict.

The Talwars were lodged in Dasna jail in Ghaziabad district ever since their 2013 conviction.

Five years after 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj were found murdered, Special CBI Judge S Lal convicted Aarushi’s parents Rajesh and Nupur Talwar of murder and conspiracy.

Aarushi was found murdered in her bedroom, following which Hemraj was initially a suspect. However, his body too was found in a pool of blood a day later on the terrace of the house.

The UP Police accused Rajesh Talwar of killing his daughter in a fit of rage after he allegedly found Aarushi in a compromising situation with Hemraj. Rajesh Talwar was arrested on May 23, 2008.

Read More: Allahabad HC acquits Talwars in Aarushi murder case, gives benefit of doubt

Wefornews Bureau

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