Both Rajesh and Nupur Talwar stood inside the witness box. The courtroom was packed to capacity with lawyers and relatives of the Talwars while a huge contingent of media persons waited outside the court complex eagerly awaiting the verdict.
As soon as Judge Shyam Lal announced his decision, Nupur Talwar broke down. She was consoled by her parents and husband Rajesh.
The Talwars were accompanied by Nupur’s parents, Rajesh’s brother Dr Dinesh Talwar and his wife Dr Vandana Talwar. All of them stood there shocked and in tears.
Later, when Nupur and Rajesh were escorted to Dasna jail, nearly 12km from the court, mediapersons chased the jeep carrying the two convicts.
The verdict was scheduled after lunch but was further delayed as other cases came up for hearing. Judge Shyam Lal eventually pronounced the verdict around 3.30pm.
Nupur’s parents, who also attended regular case hearing at the court, left some time after the hearing to the chamber of their lawyer and remained silent.
Talwars’ lawyer Satyaketu Singh said the defence had requested the court to hear arguments over the quantum of punishment on the same day but the judge scheduled the hearing for Tuesday.
At Dasna, jail superintendent Viresh Raj Sharma told Hindustan Times, “They were lodged in separate male and female cells without any other inmates. They will be allotted barracks once the court pronounces the quantum of punishment on Tuesday.”
He added, “They accepted the dinner but refused to eat it and have been crying uncontrollably since they were brought here.”
The case had even attracted many onlookers from nearby offices and residential areas who wanted to get first-hand information of the much-awaited verdict.