New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear the CBI’s appeal challenging the acquittal of dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the 2008 twin murder case of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.
A bench headed by Justices Ranjan Gogoi said the CBI’s appeal would be heard along with Hemraj’s wife’s pending petition, which has also challenged the acquittal of the Talwars by the Allahabad High Court on 12 October last year.
“Leave granted,” the bench, also comprising Justices Navin Sinha and KM Joseph, said.
Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, representing the CBI, referred to the plea filed by Hemraj’s wife’s. The bench said CBI’s appeal would be tagged with it.
The move by the agency came months after Hemraj’s wife had in December last year approached the top court against the Allahabad High Court verdict on 12 October last year acquitting the couple.
Fourteen-year-old Aarushi was found dead inside her room in the Talwars’ Noida residence with her throat slit in May 2008. The needle of suspicion had initially moved towards 45-year-old Hemraj, who had gone missing, but his body was recovered from the terrace of the house two days later.
A CBI court at Ghaziabad sentenced the Talwars’ to life imprisonment on 26 November 2013 in connection with the case. Before the high court’s order came, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were serving their life sentences in Ghaziabad’s Dasna jail.
The high court had freed them of the charges on the ground that they could not be held guilty on the basis of the evidence on record.
As the Uttar Pradesh Police drew flak over a shoddy probe into the case which was making national headlines, the case was handed over to the CBI on a recommendation by the then chief minister Mayawati.