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Aarushi murder case: Talwars may walk free today, to seek police protection

Rajesh Talwar, who was attacked with a meat cleaver during a court hearing in 2011, reportedly expressed apprehensions about their safety

delhi Updated: Oct 16, 2017 12:25 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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Dentist-couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were acquitted by the Allahabad High Court on Thursday.(PTI)

Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar may finally be able to walk out of Dasna jail by Monday, after their lawyers submit all necessary paperwork for their release at Ghazibad court.

Jail sources said that during a meeting with prison officials on Sunday, Rajesh apparently expressed apprehensions about their safety and security.

The Talwars have been lodged in Dasna jail since November 2013 when a trial court in Ghaziabad sentenced them to life imprisonment for the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.

The Allahabad High Court had on October 12 overturned the trial court’s verdict and had acquitted the couple of the double murder charge.

“We met Rajesh inside the jail on Sunday and he expressed apprehensions over their safety. Rajesh has already been attackd once at the district court complex,” said Dasna jail superintendent BR Maurya.

“Since there might be a large gathering outside the jail, including those of mediapersons, we have asked for additional personnel for security and to ensure that the Talwars can walk safely out of the jail,” Maurya added.

In January, 2011, during a hearing of the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case, Rajesh was attacked with a meat chopper inside the Ghaziabad district court complex by a 30-year-old man, Utsav Sharma.

The police had then said that Sharma had sneaked inside the court with a weapon in guise of a mediaperson. He was arrested later.

Following the attack, police had provided security to the dentist couple whenever they arrived for hearings at the Ghaziabad court.

“We will submit an application to the police asking for security for the Talwars till they reach home. There will be a huge gathering outside the jail on Monday and no untoward incident should take place. The application will be forwarded to senior superintendent of police on Monday morning,” said Manoj Sisodia, the lawyer representing the Talwars at Ghaziabad court.

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Dasna jail officials on Sunday also discussed with the Talwars the fate of a dental clinic that the couple was helping run in the jail hospital.

“During the meeting, they said that they will like to visit the dental clinic either weekly or fortnightly, if the jail administration permits. They have been the backbone of the clinic inside the jail and revived it after they arrived here,” said Anand Pandey, pharmacist at Dasna jail.

Officials said that on Monday, they expect the processed documents from Ghaziabad court to reach them by afternoon, following which the Talwars will be released as soon as possible.

First Published: Oct 15, 2017 23:27 IST