The closure report of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conclusively established in its report that the three domestic helps, who were arrested and later granted bail by the court in Aarushi-Hemraj murder case, could not have committed the crime.
But it seems this conclusion has come too late.
The lawyers of three accused, Rajkumar Sharma, Vijay Mandal and Krishna Thadarai, said the lives of their clients were "completely shattered socially, financially and physically" by the fallout of the case.
While the investigative agency filed its closure report on Wednesday, Thadarai and Sharma had already returned to Nepal, the country to which the two belong. Mandal was stated to be living an isolated life in a Bihar village.
"The three men lost their jobs after their names cropped up in the murder case. Their families were harassed by the CBI in the name of investigation. Their employers never extended them any help," said Naresh Yadav, one of the two advocates representing the three men.
Yadav added that due to the undue publicity his clients got after being named accused in the case, no one was willing to offer them any jobs. "They were completely totally dependent on their poor families," he said.
Rajkumar Sharma, one of the accused who is out on bail, had told Hindustan Times some
time back that he had developed health complications, including hearing problem, breathlessness while doing physical activity.
This, he had claimed, were due to the scientific tests conducted on him during the case's investigation.
"Sharma is working towards completing Class 11 and also learning computers in Nepal to be able to earn a livelihood," Yadav said.
Thadarai's advocate FC Sharma said his client has not been able to get a job till date and has left for Nepal.
"He has no job due to a mark of a murderer on his head. His family is in dire straits and he has become physically weak," Sharma said.