NOIDA: Simply put, the wheel came full circle in the nine-year-old Aarushi murder case yesterday, with the Allahabad high court acquitting jailed dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar of the charges of killing their daughter and domestic help due to lack of clinching evidence and the possibility that an outsider could have committed the crimes.
“The chain of evidence is not sufficient. The golden rule and cardinal principle in justice is if there is only circumstantial evidence, benefit of doubt+ goes to the accused,” a bench of Justices B K Narayana and A K Mishra said.
It is worthwhile mentioning that a special CBI court had in November 2013 convicted the dentist couple for the murders and sentenced them to life imprisonment.
“Neither the evidence on record nor the circumstances can establish a chain showing involvement of the accused in this murder case,” the bench said, ending a nine-year ordeal for the parents.
The Talwars could not be held guilty just because they were present in the house when the murders took place, the bench said, adding that the CBI had not provided evidence that proved the charges beyond doubt.
Rajesh and Nupur had challenged their conviction pointing out loopholes in the trial court verdict and maintained that CBI had let off the “real killers”.
Aarushi and Hemraj were killed in the Talwar’s Jalvayu Vihar house in Noida, just eight days before Aarushi was to turn 14.