Aarushi murder case: Konkona hails Allahabad High Court verdict

Aarushi Talwar light candles near her portrait to seek justice for her at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi in Jan 2011

Aarushi Talwar light candles near her portrait to seek justice for her at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi in Jan 2011

The Allahabad High Court in its final verdict today pronounced the Talwar couple not guilty of their daughter, Aarushi Talwar and their domestic help, Hemraj's murder that took place in the year 2008. "Tomorrow is Saturday followed by Sunday... so, it is likely that they will get out only on Monday", he added.

"Vishal Bhardwaj, the producer of Talvar told HT that many had questioned them back when they made the film Talvar despite the fact that the makers didn't take any sides in presenting the story and kept it as neutral as it could have been".

Awaiting their release, Rajesh, a dentist, on Friday attended to a rush of patients inside the prison in Dasna while his wife Nupur spent her time with the children of inmates at the jail creche. I have never released anyone on the basis of a faxed or emailed order; we need a hand-delivered order.

Dasna jail superintendent Dadhiram Maurya said, "We have not received the court order as yet".

Additional Sessions Judge Shyam Lal in Ghaziabad had sentenced the Talwars to life imprisonment on 28 November 2013, holding them guilty in the twin murder case. The Dasna jail official yesterday told media that after hearing the news of the verdict, Nupur Talwar said, "Justice has been done".

The Allahabad High Court chastised the trial court judge for telling a "different story" propelled by "vitriolic" reasoning convicting dentist couple.

"There are many things which were indicating towards the innocence or the non-involvement of the parents, but when the closure report was filed, these things were not part of that". 14-year-old Aarushi was found dead with her throat slit inside her bedroom at the family's Noida Jal Vayu Vihar residence in May 2008.

Initially, the domestic help Hemraj was suspected of being the murderer as he went missing after she was killed.

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

Based mostly on circumstantial evidence, the parents of Aarushi, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were accused of the double murders.

Rajesh was first arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police on May 23, 2008 after which he was lodged at Dasna Jail and let off on July 11, 2008.