The Supreme Court ruling in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case has come as a happy development for both the police and Noida residents, who are hopeful that the mystery will finally be unravelled.
Officials of the Uttar Pradesh police, who had received flack for shoddy investigation, said they stood vindicated.
As soon as the news broke, people thronged Jalvayu Vihar, where the Talwars used to live at L-32. Residents said they were relieved that the couple had shifted to Delhi. "Had they been here, the media would have gone berserk," said Lakshmi Arora, a resident.
"It is good that the court will hold trial. Ever since the case came to light, most residents stopped employing Nepali helps," said Deepa, a local resident.
"It has been one complicated case. Everyone wants to know who killed the girl and the help. It is very disturbing that the killer(s) are still moving scot-free," said Mahesh Saksena of the Noida Lok Manch.
"There's no harm in facing a trial. If the couple is innocent, they will come out clean," said Rupa Gupta of the Mahila Sammajik Samiti.
Before the case was transferred to the CBI, the UP police had made Rajesh Talwar the main accused. "When we said so, a lot of hue and cry was raised. The UP police were charged with a shoddy investigation. Now, even the apex court has said that the parents would be tried for the murders. We stand vindicated," said a senior official of the UP police.
KK Gautam, a retired DSP, who had discovered the body of Hemraj, however, disagreed. "The UP police botched up the case," he said.