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Circumstantial proof led to Talwars’ conviction: experts

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 26, 2013
First Published: 00:49 IST(26/11/2013) | Last Updated: 01:34 IST(26/11/2013)

As special CBI judge S Lal on Monday convicted dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case, legal experts said the verdict was based on circumstantial evidence that pointed to the couple’s involvement in the crime.

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Eminent advocate KTS Tulsi termed it as an “open-and-shut” case. “It was an open-and-shut case. It was clear there was no intruder in the house on that fateful night. So, it becomes very clear that nobody entered the house.

“There were four people in the house and two of them were found killed next day. Now the (onus is) on the other two members present in the house to give evidence for them,” he said.

Lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani said the trial court judgment had to be respected “at least for now”. “The trial court judgment has to be respected and this is one judgment that I am looking forward to read,” he said.

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CBI lawyer RK Saini said the thrust of the case was based on circumstantial evidence which pointed at the Talwars’ involvement in the murder case. “The court has seen all the circumstantial evidence and agreed on it. The main thrust of the case was based on circumstantial evidence,” he said.

The Talwars’ lawyer, Rebecca John, said the appellate court would surely find that the two were not involved in it.“It is a very unfortunate day. When the verdict will be challenged in an appellate court, I am sure the court will have a categorical conclusion that the parents have not committed the crime,” John added.

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