Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are likely to be released from Dasna prison on Friday, a day after the Allahabad High Court acquitted the couple in the 2008 Noida double murder case of their daughter, Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj Banjade. On Thursday, giving the Talwars the “benefit of doubt”, the two-judge bench had ordering that the two be released immediately. The couple had challenged a special CBI’s court’s 2013 verdict which held them guilty for the murders and sentenced them to life imprisonment.
“We find that neither the circumstances for which the conclusion of guilt was sought have been fully established nor the same are consistent fully with the hypothesis of the prosecution. In our opinion, the circumstances are neither conclusive in nature nor they exclude any possible hypothesis except the one given by the prosecution,” the court said.
Aarushi was found dead in her bedroom of the family’s house in Jalvayu Vihar, Noida on May 16, 2008. Her throat was reportedly slit and her head bludgeoned. Hemraj was initially a prime suspect in the case, until, a day later, he was found dead on the terrace of the same flat.
Aarushi-Hemraj murder case verdict highlights:
5: 02 pm: “There is no possibility of release of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar from Dasna Jail today as we have not received the court order copy so far. Their release may take place on Monday as tomorrow is second Saturday,” lawyer of the Talwars’ Tanvir Mir Ahmed said.
5:00 pm: The Talwar couple are likely to be released from Dasna Jail on Monday.
3:37 pm: Jail closes by 7:30-8 PM. After receiving the order, procedure in jail takes just half an hour: Dasna Jail Superintendent Dadhiram Maurya.
3:35 pm: Dasna Jail Superintendent said, “If order comes today before the jail closure, they’ll be released today itself but possibility is low.”
12.30 pm: According to reports, several media personnel have gathered outside the Dasna jail.
12.00 pm: “We have not received the court order as yet. We will release them once we get it,” Dasna Jail Superintendent Dadhiram Maurya told media personnel earlier today. Dadhiram added there are two methods to complete the process of releasing a prisoner from jail. “Either the Allahabad High Court sends its order copy directly to jail authorities or it is sent through the CBI court concerned which awarded them life sentence,” he said.
11.04 am: “I think release orders will be received by jail superintendent by afternoon& Talwars will be released by 4 pm,” Tanveer A Mir, Talwars’ lawyer told ANI.