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As reported by PTI, the Supreme Court Bench comprising of Ranjan Gogoi, Navin Sinha and KM Joseph, JJ., allowed the CBI’s appeal challenging the acquittal of dentist couple in the 2008 Aarushi Talwar’s murder case and domestic help Hemraj.

ASG Maninder Singh, on behalf of CBI, had referred the plea filed by domestic help Hemraj’s wife for which the Supreme Court bench stated that CBI’s appeal would be heard along with it.

The Allahabad High Court had acquitted Talwars from all the charges on the basis that conviction cannot be based on suspicion and further adding that CBI had failed to prove “guilt beyond reasonable doubt”. [CBI v. Nupur Talwar, Order dated 10-08-2018]

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has moved to the Supreme Court against the Allahabad High Court verdict acquitting Rajesh and Nupur Talwar of charges in the Aarushi Talwar murder case.

Last year, observing that conviction cannot be based on suspicion, the Allahabad High Court has acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, parents of Aarushi of the charge of murder, giving them the benefit of doubt.

The unsolved mystery of the murders of a 13-year-old Aarushi Talwar and her 45-year-old domestic help Hemraj is on the verge of becoming a cold case and no conclusive evidence has yet been produced before the Court. Aarushi was found murdered in her flat on May 16, 2008 and initially the guilt was being pinned on Hemraj, who’s body was found 2 days later on the terrace of the same flat.

Earlier, CBI Court had found Rajesh and Nupur Talwar guilty of the murders of Aarushi and Hemraj after the CBI told the Court that the parents had committed the offence after finding Aarushi and Hemraj in objectionable position. The Allahabad High Court, however, noticed that the CBI had failed to prove guilt beyond reasonable guilt and held that the law does not warrant the conviction based on mere suspicion.

Source: ANI

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Allahabad High Court: Observing that conviction cannot be based on suspicion, the Allahabad High Court has acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, parents of Aarushi of the charge of murder, giving them the benefit of doubt. The Court held that there was no chain of evidence and they could not be convicted on mere suspicion. CBI had failed to prove “guilt beyond reasonable doubt”.

The appellants had challenged their conviction for the murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, for which they were sentenced to life imprisonment by a special Central Bureau of Investigation Court in Ghaziabad in November 2013. They were also convicted of destruction of evidence with common intent, while Rajesh Talwar was additionally convicted of giving false statement to police.

Source: NDTV