The Allahabad High Court on Thursday acquitted the Talwars and quashed the charges against them of murdering their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in Noida in 2008. Unhappy about the acquittal of the dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, the family of slain domestic help Hemraj has said they may move the Supreme Court against the verdict.
Helping Hemraj’s family with their legal battle is Samir Singh, an employer of Hemraj’s son-in-law. He stated that the family wished to “put things behind them.” He was quoted as saying in a report in The Quint that, “Hemraj’s son Pranjal was about the same age as Aarushi when the incident happened. The family never got to see Hemraj’s body; the Ekta Samaj conducted the cremation. Hemraj’s family did not get the closure they need.”
Adding that the family emphatically claims that Hemraj died while still working for the Talwars, Samir Singh said they expect some kind of compensation. He says they have claimed that Hemraj wasn’t paid for at least three months prior to his death.
Mr. Singh has arranged for a Supreme Court lawyer as well who will fight the case on the behalf of Hemraj’s family pro bono – i.e. free of charge. The man who has been fighting on behalf of slain Hemraj’s family, advocate Naresh Yadav, was reported as saying to the Deccan Chronicle that, “It is a fight for poor people. Hemraj’s family never wanted the Talwars to go scot-free. We will continue the fight.”
The country (and parts of the world as well) was thrown into a limbo on Thursday when the Allahabad High Court overturned the Talwars’ twin murder conviction and acquitted them stating that ‘no conviction can stand on the basis of mere suspicion.’ The acquittal ended the Talwars’ four-year imprisonment in the 2008 murder case.
The High Court judges stated that the CBI failed to ‘prove beyond a reasonable doubt’ the guilt of the Talwars in the murder case. “The chain of evidence they have showcased is inconclusive,” is what the official statement said. After the initial conviction, the acquittal has forced the nation to once again take sides in what is probably the most sensational murder case and trial the country has ever witnessed.
In May 2008, fourteen-year-old Aarushi Talwar, daughter of dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, was found dead at their Noida residence. The initial suspect was the then-missing domestic help Hemraj. But this theory was rebutted after his body was recovered two days later from the terrace of the Talwars residence. Till date, no one has ever been able to clearly state whether or not the Talwars were really responsible for murdering their own child.