Aarushi Talwar murder case verdict: 5 things to know
Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were not in the courtroom when the verdict was announced; they were watching the proceedings from Dasna Jail.
On May 16, 2008, 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar was found dead at the Talwar's residence. A day later, so was the family's domestic help Hemraj.
The investigation, which lasted till 2011, suggested that the parents - Rajesh and Nupur Talwar - were behind their daughter's and Hemraj's murders.
In 2011, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) pointed fingers at the parents, which resulted in court proceedings against the Talwars that lasted till 2013. In November that year, a special CBI court sentenced the couple to life imprisonment at Ghaziabad's Dasna Jail.
Today, the 9-year old case got a verdict from the Allahabad High Court. Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were not in the courtroom when the verdict was announced, they were watching the proceedings from Dasna Jail.
Here's what you need to know :
#The Allahabad High Court gave the Talwars a clean chit and the couple will be released as soon as the court communicates with Dasna Jail, which could take till Friday.
#The High Court, giving the accused the benefit of doubt, said that there is lack of evidence and the accused can not be convicted based on suspicion.
#The CBI is expected to challenge the acquittal in the Supreme Court; they say that they are waiting for the judgement copy and will accordingly decide their next course of action.
#The killer responsible for the double murder is yet to be identified.
#Another investigation into the matter is likely. However, the particulars of this possible investigation will remain in the dark till a copy of the judgement is available in public domain.
Here's a timeline of the Aarushi Talwar's murder case
Aarushi Talwar, daughter of dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar found dead with throat slit in bedroom at her Noida home.
Body of Hemraj (Talwars' domestic help) found on the terrace.
Rajesh arrested for double murder.
CBI takes charge
CBI takes over probe.
CBI arrests Krishna, Rajesh's compounder. Later, Raj Kumar, domestic help of Talwars' neighbour also nabbed.
Rajesh set free
Rajesh set free by court after CBI fails to present evidence against him.
CBI closure report
CBI closure report, states Rajesh is main suspect but not enough evidence against him.
A special Ghaziabad court orders that Talwars be tried to murder. Couple also face allegations of destruction of evidence.
CBI special court in Ghaziabad issues bailable warrants against couple for not being present in court.
CBI on Rajesh's bail
CBI argues in court for cancellation of Rajesh's bail.
Nupur Talwar surrenders
Nupur Talwar surrenders to the police and sent to judicial custody.
Ghaziabad court charges couple
Rajesh and Nupur charged by Ghaziabad court with murder, destruction of evidence and conspiracy.
SC grants bail to Nupur
SC grants bail to Nupur who was lodged in Dasna jail since April 30.
CBI officer on Talwars
CBI offier tells court that Talwars killed Aarushi and Hemraj. Also, tells court that Aarushi and Hemraj were found in an objectionable position.
Defence counsel plea
Defence Counsel pleads before special court to summon 14 people, including ex-CBI joint director Arun Kumar as witness. CBI opposes plea.
Talwar's petition dismissed
Trial court dismisses Talwar's petition for summoning 14 witnesses. Orders recording of statements of parents.
SC rejects Talwar's petition
Supreme Court refuses to entertain Talwars' petition.
Final arguments begin
Final arguments start in Ghaziabad CBI court.
CBI closes argument
CBI closes arguments, says Talwars 'misled' investigators.
Court reserves verdict
Court reserves verdict in the case for November 25.
Rajesh and Nupur were convicted for the murder of Aarushi and Hemraj.
Rajesh and Nupur sentenced to life term by CBI court.
Talwars move Allahabad HC
Talwars move Allahabad High Court against CBI court’s life term order.
Allahabad HC denies bail
Allahabad HC denied bail to Talwars.
Allahabad HC reserves judgement
Allahabad HC reserves judgement on an appeal filed by Talwars, challenging their conviction by a CBI court in 2013.
Allahabad HC keeps judgement reserved
Allahabad HC keeps judgement reserved in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case.