Dentists Rajesh and Nupur Talwar cleared of daughter Aarushi's murder

LIVE updates – Aarushi murder case Allahabad High Court to deliver verdict at 2.45pm

LIVE updates – Aarushi murder case Allahabad High Court to deliver verdict at 2.45pm

Justice BK Narayana and justice AK Mishra gave their verdict in September in response to the appeal which was filed by parents of Aarushi, Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, who have been sentenced to life imprisonment by the CBI court of Ghaziabad.

Pronouncing the verdict in a packed court room, the bench said that it is a fit case where benefit of doubt can be given to the appellants and set aside the judgement of the CBI court convicting the Talwars who were arrested in May 2008.

As per reports, the court is likely to re-evaluate the testimony of key witnesses after the defence had accused the prosecution of tutoring them.

Aarushi and Hemraj were found murdered at the Talwars' Sector 25, Noida residence on May 16, 2008. There were wounds all over his body and the door to the terrace was found locked from inside. Moreover, the Allahabad High Court also said that there were numerous loopholes in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) submissions to the court which weakened the case further.

Nupur and Rajesh Talwar have been in Ghaziabad's Dasna jail for the last four years. This was introduced belatedly by Investigating Officer of CBI team 2 Kaul. I am grateful for the acquittal of Rajesh and Nupur. The High Court had also chose to hear the appeals afresh due to contradictions in some submissions made by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and had resumed the hearing in August. The court ordered that the couple, whom a CBI court had in 2013 sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering their 14-year-daughter and domestic help in their Noida home, be immediately released as circumstantial evidence against the duo was inconclusive and their guilt could not be sufficiently established. When they challenged the verdict in the Allahabad High Court, they blamed the CBI for "shoddy investigation". Ten days later, Raj Kumar, a servant of a doctor friend of the Talwars, and Vijay Mandal, the domestic help of the Talwars' neighbour, were also nabbed.

The CBI court had in 2013 held the Talwars guilty of killing Aarushi after noting that the provisions of the Evidence Act had transferred the onus on the parents to explain how the teenager was murdered. The police was accused by many for not doing their investigation properly and they were even accused of tempering the evidences.