Aarushi Murder Case: Talwars Reach Home After Four Years in Jail

By The Quint - 16 Oct 2017

In May 2008, 14-year-old Aarushi was found dead in her bedroom in her Noida residence with her throat slit.

The Allahabad High Court acquitted both Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the double murder of their daughter Aarushi, and their domestic help, Hemraj. <i>(Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)</i>

The Allahabad High Court on 12 October acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, parents of Aarushi Talwar, in the 2008 murder of their daughter and domestic help, Hemraj. The High Court struck down a 2013 CBI court order convicting them for the murder of their daughter, Aarushi, and domestic help, Hemraj.

The Talwars were released from Ghaziabad's Dasna Jail on 16 October, three days after they were acquitted.

  • Rajesh and Nupur Talwar went to their Jalvayu Vihar residence after they were released from Ghaziabad’s Dasna Jail on 16 October
  • Rajesh Talwar’s brother Dinesh Talwar pleads the media to be more sensitive
  • The Talwars were acquitted by the Allahabad High Court on 12 October in the double-murder of their daughter, Aarushi Talwar, and help, Hemraj
  • 14-year-old Aarushi was found dead at her home in Noida in May 2008
  • Two days later, the family’s domestic help, 45-year-old Hemraj, was found dead on the terrace of the house

Rajesh Talwar’s brother Dinesh Talwar said the family wanted to fight till the end to clear Aarushi’s name. He said the Allahabad High Court’s verdict also proves that Aarushi-Hemraj were not “bad” people.

With cameras flashing into their eyes and microphones being thrust on their faces, the Talwar couple finally reach their Jal Vayu Vihar residence in Noida after nine years.

Rajesh Talwar’s brother Dinesh Talwar snubbed the media for its insensitive behaviour at the Talwar residence after the arrival of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar. He pleads them for privacy and sensitivity.

“Please don’t behave like this. We have a lot of hope from you.”
Dinesh Talwar, Rajesh Talwar’s brother

The family lawyer of the Talwars, Tafeeq Ahmad Mir, said the verdict of the Allahabad High Court establishes the innocence of his clients. He said Rajesh and Nupur Talwar never lost hope in the justice system, and requested the media to let them live with dignity from now on.

Mir said that even in Dasna jail, nobody ever doubted the innocence of the Talwar couple.

Vandana Talwar, a relative of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar said she is extremely grateful to the Allahabd High Court for the verdict. She said she is happy that the Talwars are coming back home with fully dignity.

Rajesh and Nupur Talwar leave Dasna jail in Ghaziabad after Allahabad High Court acquitted them in the double murder of their teenage daughter, Aarushi, and domestic help, Hemraj. They were in jail since 2013 after being convicted by a special CBI Court.

Police vans escort the dentist couple out of jail.

Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are likely to go to Nupur's father's home in Jalvayu Vihar, Noida, the complex they lived in when their daughter Aarushi was murdered, after their release from Dasna jail on Monday, 16 October.

Aarushi and the Talwars' domestic help, Hemraj, were found dead at their home in L-32, Jalvayu Vihar, in May 2008. The house has now been rented out.

BG Chitnis, Nupur's father and a former group captain in the Indian Air Force, owns a flat in the same society.

After their release, Rajesh and Nupur will go to Sector 25, Jalvayu Vihar, where I own a house.
BG Chitnis

Jail doctor Sunil Tyag, echoing Dasna jailor D Maurya’s earlier statement, said that Nupur and Rajesh Talwar have assured the authorities that they would visit the prison every 15 days to check-up on its inmates.

According to jail authorities, there has been a sudden rush of patients who are in a “hurry” to get treated by the couple.

Jail Superintendent Dadhiram Maurya added that the amount of remuneration refused by the dentist couple amounted to approximately Rs 49,500.

Nupur Talwar’s father, BG Chitnis, said that their family had “enough attention” in the last nine years.

We want to be away from courts, and want a normal life. We’ve had enough attention over the last 9 years.
BG Chitnis, Nupur Talwar’s father

Tanveer Ahmed Mir, the laywer of the Talwars said thay they are expected to be walking out of the jail any time after 3 pm.

I think any time after 3 pm Rajesh and Nupur Talwar should be walking out of the jail.
Tanveer Ahmed Mir

Dasna Jailor D Maurya said that there was a “strong possibility” of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar being released today. He added that the Talwars will continue to visit the jail periodically to provide medical assistance.

Talwars will continue to visit jail periodically so that medical assistance provided by them to inmates can continue.

He added that they provided medical service for free, and refused remuneration. According to him, their remuneration would have been Rs 49,500, had they agreed to take it.

The jail authorities had also requested the Ghaziabad district administration to give security cover to the couple till the time they reach home.

Rajesh and Nupur Talwar will be released from Ghaziabad's Dasna Jail on 16 October, after they were acquitted in 2008 for the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case.

Rajesh and Nupur Talwar will not be released from Dasna jail today, said their lawyer Tanvir Mir Ahmed.

Former CBI investigating officer Arun Kumar said that the Allahabad High Court verdict, that gave clean chit to Aarushi Talwar’s parents might be appealed with the Supreme Court.

“The learned trial Judge has prejudged things in his own fashion, drawn conclusion by embarking on erroneous analogy conjecturing to the brim on apparent facts telling a different story propelled by vitriolic reasoning…. The learned trial Judge took evidence and the circumstances of the case for granted and tried to solve it like a mathematical puzzle…” the verdict said.

“I think the release orders will be received by the jail superintendent by afternoon and the Talwars will be released by 4 pm,” said Tanveer A Mir, Talwars' lawyer.

D Maurya, the jailor of Dasna Jail, however, said that the Talwars will not be released till they receive the court order.

Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are likely to walk out of Ghaziabad’s Dasna Jail today, a day after they were acquitted in the murders of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.

In an interview with Tinka Tinka Dasna, a prison reform initiative started by activist Vartika Nanda, Nupur Talwar speaks of life in jail, getting the acceptance in confinement that she and her husband didn’t get outside, and trying to move on from the horrific murder of their daughter.

The night of 14 May 2008 changed the fate of L-32 Jalvayu Vihar, Noida, forever, bringing the two-bedroom flat under an oppressive media glare.

Nine years later, on a day the couple who owned the flat was cleared of the ignominy of being their daughter's murderers, Aarushi Talwar remains a forbidden topic for the residents of the neighbourhood.

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.

Nupur and Rajesh Talwar had moved out of the flat after the incident, renting it out. They had shifted to South Delhi's Hauz Khas.

A neighbour, Ashish, was among the very few who spoke about the murder of the couple's teenage daughter and Nepalese domestic help Hemraj. "No parent can do this to their child," he said before retreating into his L-Block house.

The Nepalese domestic helps here made no bones of where their sympathies lay.

The rich can get themselves acquitted. In the Nithari case too, (Moninder Singh) Pandher was acquitted. The poor cannot expect justice.

A washerwoman, who has been running her shop near the Talwar apartment for nearly 25 years, said the couple had not been spotted in the area since the fateful summer night.

Speaking to The Quint, former CBI director Amar Pratap Singh said:

The High Court has said exactly what we said in our closure report – that there isn’t enough evidence to prosecute the parents. We said that due to lack of direct evidence, and merely on the basis of the circumstantial evidence, the CBI is unable to file a chargesheet in the case. But, the court took cognisance of our closure report and ordered a trial against the parents. I have not read the HC judgment, but media reports say that the parents are acquitted on the benefit of doubt, which means lack of evidence. The crime scene was completely botched up by the Uttar Pradesh police, especially the room where Aarushi’s body was found. We couldn’t collect enough fingerprints, which could’ve been a major lead in nabbing the murderer.

Speaking to ANI later, Singh said:

It is not really a clean chit because it says benefit of doubt, and not that they are innocent.

It has been an exhausting journey for us. We have suffered for almost 10 years. We are highly grateful to the High Court that brought an end to the injustice meted out to them. We want to thank all the supporters for being with us though the ordeal. This could not have happened without their support.
Vandana Talwar, Rajesh Talwar’s sister

I am very grateful to the judiciary. Rajesh and Nupur have really suffered. It has been very trying for me to see my daughter and son-in-law put behind bars for a crime they did not commit. I feel emotionally drained.
BG Chitnis, Nupur Talwar’s father

Gajraj Rao played Inspector Dhaniram in the film 'Talvar'.

Vishal Bhardwaj, writer and producer of Meghna Gulzar’s Talvar, also took to Twitter to welcome the judgement.

Rajkumar’s lawyer, Naresh Yadav, said his client is unhappy with the judgement and that they will approach the Supreme Court. Rajkumar was the house help at Dr Anita Durrani’s, one of Talwars' friend. He was at the Talwar residence drinking with Hemraj and compounder Krishna on the night of the murder.

Both Rajesh and Nupur Talwar have been acquitted, and we are expecting that they will be out of jail tomorrow. We are waiting for the judgment copy. None of the circumstance were against my client. The CBI can go to the Supreme Court if they want.

File photo of Aarushi’s parents, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar. (Photo: PTI)

Masooma, a close friend of the Talwars, welcomed the verdict.

This is a big relief for everyone. It had been an ordeal. Justice might have been delayed, but it has happened. The last I spoke to them was a month back. They were hopeful and I think that is what helped.
Masooma, Talwars’ Friend

The Dasna Jail super said the Talwars will be released within half an hour of the jail receiving papers from the court.

After having breakfast, they were praying. Their schedule was normal. She (Nupur Talwar) said they got justice today and had tears of joy. Any person after spending so much time in jail will feel happy to get freedom. So, they were happy after they were told about the news.
Dadhiram Maurya, jailor of Dasna prison

Author and journalist Avirook Sen, who wrote the book ‘Aarushi’, reacted to the Allahabad High Court judgement.

Very well thought-through. The conclusion was eagerly awaited by the Talwars. Whatever was lacking in Ghaziabad, has been corrected in Allahabad.
Avirook Sen, author and journalist

Meghna Gulzar, the director of the film 'Talvar', which was based on the double murder of Aarushi Talwar and Hemraj, said that the Allahabad High Court verdict was a “huge victory for justice."

It is a huge victory for justice, for the truth, but from whatever little I know of them and have known of them, even in this victory, there is a void and vacuum, because Aarushi is not coming back. The years they have lost are not coming back, and nobody can give that back to them. We still have that on our conscience.
Meghna Gulzar, the director of the film ‘Talvar‘

Following the acquittal of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder by the Allahabad High Court, the CBI said that it will wait for the copy of judgement before deciding on their next move.

We are waiting for the copy of the judgement. We will decide our next course of action after studying it.
Abhishek Dayal, CBI spokesperson

On 26 November 2013, the Talwars were awarded life sentence by a special CBI court in Ghaziabad

Speaking to The Quint, Nupur Talwar's father BG Chitnis said that "justice was delivered".

Justice has been delivered and we are relieved with the court’s verdict.
BS Chitnis

Allowing appeal by the Talwars, the Allahabad HC was of the view that as per circumstances and evidence on record, they can't be held guilty, ANI reported.

The Allahabad High Court acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the murder of their daughter Aarushi Talwar.

The court said that “suspicion can't take the place of proof”.

The Allahabad High Court is expected to deliver its verdict at 2:45 pm, in the appeal filed by Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, challenging a CBI court order convicting them for the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in 2008.

16 May 2008, changed the lives of the Talwar family forever. Their only daughter, 13-year-old Aarushi was murdered. Two days later, their servant, 45-year-old Hemraj, who they believed had killed Aarushi, was also found dead on the terrace. In a house where there were four people, the court ruled that since there was no evidence of outside intrusion, the two dead were killed by Rajesh and Nupur Talwar.

From May 2008 till November 2013, the Talwars’ every move, mood, expression and statement was closely watched, dissected and talked about by the entire nation. The Aarushi-Hemraj murder became the most sensational crime to be covered by a 24/7 media.

Since the Talwars started serving their life sentence in the Dasna Jail, on the outskirts of Delhi, Rajesh runs a fully organised dental clinic inside the jail, where Nupur also works occasionally.

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Fourteen-year-old Aarushi was found dead inside her room in the Talwars’ Noida residence with her throat slit in May 2008. The needle of suspicion had initially moved towards 45- year-old Hemraj, who had gone missing, but his body was recovered from the terrace of the house two days later.

As the Uttar Pradesh Police drew flak over shoddy investigation into the case which was making national headlines, the then Chief Minister Mayawati handed over the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

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