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Monday, November 25, 2013

Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, convicted of killing their teen daughter Aarushi and their domestic help Hemraj Monday Nov 25,2013

Dentist couple Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, found guilty of murdering their teen daughter Aarushi and their domestic help Hemraj at their home in May 2008, are expected to be sentenced by a court in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday Nov 26,2013

While pronouncing the verdict, Judge Shyam Lal compared the couple to "freaks in the history of mankind where the father and mother became the killer of their own progeny."He also added that they have been found guilty "of secreting and obliterating the evidence of the commission of the murders to screen themselves from legal punishment."

They were taken to Dasna jail in Ghaziabad- where they both have been jailed earlier - and lodged in separate cells after the CBI court convicted them of murder, destruction of evidence and misleading investigators

The Talwars said in a statement yesterday that they were "deeply disappointed, hurt and anguished for being convicted for a crime that we have not committed. We refuse to feel defeated and will continue to fight for justice."

Officials said they reached the jail at around 4 pm, and looked visibly distressed as they got off the police vehicle.

"They were crying and refused to eat," said Vireshraj Sharma, a Dasna prison officer. "We had to force them to eat, late at night."

The couple also refused to take tea on Tuesday morning  hours before their expected sentencing by the Ghaziabad court that convicted them of murder, destruction of evidence and misleading investigations.


13-year-old Aarushi was found with her throat slit in her bedroom at the family apartment in Noida on May 16, 2008.  Because Hemraj was missing, he was declared the suspect.  But hours later, his corpse was found on the terrace of the apartment building

Rajesh Talwar was arrested seven days after the murder and spent two months in jail before being granted bail when the CBI said it had no evidence against him.

Later, his wife Nupur was jailed for five months for ignoring orders to appear in court.

The CBI says its case is based on the "last-seen theory" -- which holds that the victims were last seen with the Talwars.

The Talwars and their lawyers have pointed out that there is no evidence against them - a fact acknowledged by the CBI on different occasions, most notably in December 2010 when it sought permission in court to close the case.

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