Aarushi murder case: Death or life sentence for Talwars?

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Ghaziabad: A day after holding them guilty of Aarushi-Hemraj’s murder, a special CBI court, Tuesday, likely pronounce the sentence to be handed over to the parents – Rajesh and Nupur Talwar. The maximum punishment is death.

Saying the Talwars were “freaks” who “became the killer of their own progeny”, the court on Monday finally brought the curtains down on over five years of dramatic twists and turns in the sensational Aarushi Talwar whodunit, a crime that had the nation riveted for its intriguing logic.

The couple – who were well known doctors with a thriving practice – were also convicted for the murder of their domestic help Hemraj.

Delivering the much-awaited verdict at 3.25 pm on Monday, Special CBI Judge Shyam Lal said that both the accused (Talwars) have “flouted the ferocious penal law of the land” and therefore are liable to be convicted in the double murder case.

“Now is the time to say omega in this case. To perorate, it is proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused are perpetrators of the crime in the question. The parents are the best protectors of their own child that is in order of human nature but they have been freaks in the history of mankind where the father and mother became the killer of their own progeny,” the judge said in a 204-page judgment.

It added: “They have extirpated their own daughter who had hardly seen 14 summers of her life and the servant without compunction from terrestrial terrain in the breach of commandment “Thou shalt not kill”.

Immediately after the judgment, the Talwars broke down. In a statement released by their lawyer, they said they were “deeply disappointed” and vowed to fight for justice to higher courts, including, if need be, to the Supreme Court, where the curtains might rise for another prolonged bout of legal drama and emotional theatre.

The dentist couple have been convicted of killing their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and 45-year-old domestic help on the intervening night of May 15 and 16, 2008. The Class 9 student was found with her throat slit and head battered in her plush Noida residence.

The next day, police recovered the body of their domestic help Hemraj from the terrace.

The Talwars were booked under Sections 302 (murder), 201 (destruction of evidence) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

The court also charged Rajesh under Section 203 (misleading the probe).

The couple was whisked away by police to Dasna Jail in Ghaziabad.

The Talwars maintain they did not kill their daughter or domestic help and that the CBI conclusions were based on presumptions, conjectures and surmises.

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