Reactions poured in after the Talwars were acquitted. FPJ pieces together the outbursts.
New Delhi : Avirook Sen, the author of the book based on the 2008 murder of Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj, welcomed the Allahabad High Court judgement acquitting her parents Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, saying the wrong done by the CBI has been corrected.
“I am glad that the wrong that was done in Ghaziabad has been corrected. It has been reversed today by the honourable High Court,” Sen told IANS, adding “they have spent nearly a decade under this cloud and have finally been acquitted”.
Of his personal observation of Aarushi’s parents, he said: “I remember the couple’s life as a life mainly of pressure and sadness.”
As after the High Court verdict, the double murder remains an unsolved case, Sen feels that the court has played its responsibility and it is the duty of the CBI to find the murderers.
“It’s not the High Court’s mandate to investigate and find out who the killers are. The court is charged with only one responsibility and that was on the evidence presented by CBI against the Talwars. They have answered the question that they were asked,” he said.
“To find out the killers is neither the responsibility of the journalists, nor the court… it is the responsibility of the CBI that they should do some reflection and try and understand why we couldn’t put their cases properly,” he added.
Meanwhile, the medical fraternity hailed the verdict clearing the Talwars in the Aarushi-Hemraj killing. Talwars’ neighbours appeared guarded in their reaction, with most avoiding comment. One of residents near their Sector 25 home, D Singh, said, “If not the Talwars, then who killed Arushi? However, we are happy that they have been acquitted.”
The jailor of Dasna Jail, Maurya said Rajesh and Nupur Talwar breathed a sigh of relief after their acquittal.
Domestic helps feel that the dentist couple got away with murder because to their affluence.
Naresh Yadav, advocate of Rajkumar – one of the domestic helps – on Thursday asserted that he will challenge the Allahabad HC’s order in the Supreme Court.
For more than nine years now, an eerie silence hung over the apartment complex, inhabited by retired air force and naval officers, with neighbours reluctant to talk about the sensational murder case, which continues to remain a mystery.
May 16, 2008: Aarushi Talwar found dead with her throat slit in her bedroom. Domestic help Hemraj suspected as the killer.
May 17: Hemraj’s body found on the terrace of Talwars’ residential building.
May 19: Talwars’ former domestic help Vishnu Sharma named suspect.
May 23: Aarushi’s father Rajesh Talwar arrested as a key accused.
June 1: CBI takes over the probe in the case.
June 13: Talwar’s domestic help Krishna arrested by CBI.
June 26: CBI declares it a ‘blind case’. Rajesh Talwar denied bail by a special Ghaziabad magistrate.
July 12: Rajesh Talwar granted bail.
December 29: CBI submits closure report. Gives clean chit to servants, but points fingers at parents.
February 9, 2011: Court takes cognisance of CBI report and asks it to continue with prosecution charging Aarushi’s parents with murder and destruction of evidence.
February 21: Talwars approach Allahabad HC for quashing trial court summons.
March 18: Allahabad HC dismisses the plea.
November, 2013: Rajesh and Nupur convicted for the double murder and sentenced to life imprisonment by a special CBI court in Ghaziabad.
September 7, 2017: Allahabad HC bench reserves judgment on parents’ plea and fixes October 12 as the date of verdict.
October 12, 2017: Allahabad HC acquits Aarushi’s parents.