The Supreme Court has admitted an appeal against the acquittal of dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the 2008 twin murder case of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.
The plea was filed by Khumkala Banjade, the wife of Hemraj. A bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued notice to the dentist couple, who were acquitted by the Allahabad High Court in the twin murder case in October last year.
Banjade had filed an appeal in December last year against the Talwars acquittal. Later, the Central Bureau of Investigation also filed an appeal against the acquittal. On October 12, the high court acquitted the couple saying they could not be held guilty on the basis of the evidence on record.
A CBI court at Ghaziabad had sentenced the Talwars to life imprisonment on November 26, 2013 in connection with the case. Before the high court order, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were serving life sentences in Ghaziabad’s Dasna jail.
Fourteen-year-old Aarushi was found dead inside her room in the Talwars’ Noida residence with her throat slit in May 2008. The needle of suspicion had initially moved towards 45-year-old Hemraj, who had gone missing but his body was recovered from the terrace of the house two days later.
As the UP Police drew flak over a shoddy probe into the case which was making national headlines, then UP Chief Minister, Ms. Mayawati, had recommended a probe by the CBI. The case was handed over to the CBI.