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Aarushi case: after unanswered questions nailed them, Talwar couple to be sentenced today

Bhadra Sinha, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 26, 2013
First Published: 13:47 IST(26/11/2013) | Last Updated: 14:10 IST(26/11/2013)

Rajesh and Nupur Talwar’s failure to explain the murders of their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj Banjade stacked up as crucial circumstantial evidence, leading to their conviction.

The court is likely to announce the quantum of punishment for the Talwars after hear the arguments on the quantum of punishment on Tuesday.

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As there were no eyewitnesses, special CBI judge Shyam Lal heavily relied on a chain of circumstantial evidence in pronouncing the dental couple guilty.

There were four people in the house and two were dead. In the absence of any evidence suggesting entry of outsiders, the needle of suspicion remained on them. During the 15-month trial, the CBI repeatedly highlighted this point and the court, too, asked pointed questions but the couple had no answers.

The court concluded that the murders were the outcome of ‘grave provocation’ caused to the Talwars after they found Banjade in a compromising position with their daughter.

The dressing up of the crime scene -- Aarushi’s bedroom --- and tampering with gave credence to the CBI theory that the two were killed after being found together.

Blood stains on the walls but spotless toys on the teenager’s bed that was close to the wall pointed that the crime scene had been interfered with. A wet patch on Aarushi’s bed indicated that the sheet was cleaned with water.

The court in its order mentioned that there was tacit understanding between the Talwars in cleaning of the apartment where the murders took place. The judgment also mentioned that the murders could not have been carried out by one person alone even as the judge gave 26 observations on the chain of events.

After the CBI court pronounced its verdict on Monday, the dentist couple were taken into custody and taken to the Dasna jail. They reached the prison at around 4pm and looked visibly distressed. Both have been kept in separate cells.


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