Parents win murder appeal in case that divided India

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One of the family members of Talwar said they are relieved and grateful to god for the verdict announced by Allahabad High Court, that has acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar of double murder charges in the Aarushi murder case on Thursday.

The HC today rejected the CBI court order sentencing the Talwar couple to life term for the murder of daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.

The bench headed by the Allahabad High Court justices BK Narayana and AK Mishra gave the benefit of doubt to Aarushi's parents.

As per reports, the court is likely to re-evaluate the testimony of key witnesses after the defence had accused the prosecution of tutoring them.

Aarushi was found murdered at her residence on May 16, 2008, which led to the suspicion that domestic help Hemraj had killed her. A few days later, their servant Hemraj, who was the initial suspect in the case was also found dead in a decomposed state. Onus on Talwars to prove that who else could have killed Aarushi and Hemraj.

A CBI court had in 2013 sentenced the Talwars to life imprisonment for murdering their 14-year-daughter Aarushi.

Since then Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are imprisoned in Ghaziabad's Dasna jail.

On May 31, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) took over the case.

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Later, an appeal was filed by Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the High Court.

Her successful middle-class parents told police they were asleep in the next room when the murder was committed.

The couple had always denied carrying out the killings, insisting they are victims of police incompetence and a media witch-hunt. Police said, Rajesh Talwar had murdered both the daughter and the helper seeing them in an undesired position.

The CBI said it would study the high court order and decide its future course of action. It initially absolved the parents of conspiracy and murder but later held them responsible.

On June 13, CBI arrested Krishna Thadaraj, an assistant at Rajesh's Noida clinic.

The three were later freed after no evidence was found against them. "In fact, they will have to answer a number of questions in the Supreme Court as to why they did not investigate properly".

The shooting of Rahasya was completed before the verdict in the case arrived, and it could release only in January 2015, after the November 2013 CBI special court verdict was out.

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