Aarushi's parents guilty: did the Talwars get a fair trial?
Posted On : 2013-11-25 11:52:04
News Type: Family ;
The verdict is in for one of India's most sensational murders. Nupur and Rajesh Talwar are found guilty for the murder of their daughter Aarushi and help Hemraj, but did the Talwars get a fair trial?
Ghaziabad: The five-and-a-half year old gruesome twin murder mystery of 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar and her domestic help Hemraj Banjade finally came to an end on Monday when a Ghaziabad court convicted the teenager's parents Dr Rajesh and Nupur Talwar for the killings in their residence in Noida. The special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court at Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh said that both the accused parents had flouted the ferocious penal code of the land and were therefore liable to be held guilty.
Reading the operative part of the verdict, special judge Shyam Lal convicted both the parents for murder and destruction of evidence and on the charge of committing an act in furtherance of common intention.
The judgement delivered in the sensational double murder case also held Rajesh and Nupur guilty of secreting and obliterating the evidence of the commission of the murders to screen them from legal punishment. In addition to this, Dr Rajesh has also been found guilty of furnishing false information to the police regarding the murder of his daughter by Hemraj.
Rajesh has been convicted under the Indian Penal Code Sections 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender), 203 (giving false information in respect to an offence committed), 302 (murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), while his wife Nupur has been found guilty under Sections 201, 302 and 34.
Conviction under IPC Section 302 (murder) carries a minimum punishment of imprisonment for life and shall also be liable to fine while the maximum is death.
Both of them were taken into custody after the verdict and sent to Dasna jail. Arguments on sentencing will be held on Tuesday after which the judge will announce the quantum of punishment.
The Talwar couple reportedly broke down in court as the verdict was pronounced after two adjournments since morning. A shadow of gloom also came over the Talwar family who have time and again blamed the investigators of being biased and also held the media responsible of holding an out of court trial.
Right after the court pronounced the couple guilty, the Talwars issued a statement which stated, "We are deeply hurt and anguished over the crime we have not committed, we refuse to be defeated and will continue to fight for justice". The couple's lawyer Rebecca John has said that they will appeal against the verdict in the Allahabad High Court.
Talwars' family member Vandana Talwar blamed the media frenzy for the conviction and strongly defending the couple. "Media trial is going on. Someone else has done it. How can you send them to jail? How can you make them convicts? We will fight for the justice," she said.
Speaking from Toronto in Canada, Aarushi's aunt Sree Padarkar said that the entire family was shattered by the judgement. "I am disillusioned by India's justice system. Perception went against the couple. They were just a middle class couple. Their lifestyle went against them. Investigation was based on the public perception. On the contrary there is a definite proof against others. The CBI has botched up the investigation. It was our mistake to approach the CBI. We have no doubt. Not a smallest doubt about the couple," she said.
However, CBI advocate RK Saini, who had argued the case before the Ghaziabad special court said that the court was convinced that the couple have murdered Aarushi and Hemraj. He said "circumstances prove that they have done it. Nobody else has done it. It was not possible for the others to do it. The CBI has done a thorough probe".