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Court charges Aarushi's parents with murder

Last updated on: February 9, 2011 15:01 IST

Image: Aarushi's father Rajesh Talwar with wife Nupur
A special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Ghaziabad on Wednesday rejected outright the closure of the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case and ordered the investigating agency to reopen the case.

Furthermore, the court also charged Aarushi parents -- Rajesh and Nupur Talwar -- with murder, criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence. The court ordered the trial to continue and it will resume on February 28.

The Talwars have been charged under section 302 (murder), 201 (destruction of evidence), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code and have been made co-conspirators in the case.

The Talwars are also likely to face arrest.  


Court charges Aarushi's parents with murder

Image: File photo of Aarushi Talwar

On the basis of the CBI findings, here's why the Ghaziabad court thinks the Talwars are guilty:

1. The closure report says the crime scene was "dressed up" before the police was called -- something that is not associated with a regular criminal.

2. The report says the private parts of Aarushi had been cleaned up. It is not known whether the closure report speculates about the reason.

3. The closure report speaks of an attempt to fix the post-mortem report to ensure that there is no mention of rape. It says that Dr Dinesh Talwar, Rajesh's brother, made Dr Sunil Dohre of the Noida Hospital, who was conducting the autopsy, speak with a person he introduced as Dr T D Dogra, head of the department of forensic medicine at AIIMS. The person told Dohre that no mention of rape was needed. CBI, however, found out from Dr Dogra, a renowned authority, that he never spoke with Dohre.


Court charges Aarushi's parents with murder

Image: Aarushi's home at Jalvayu Vihar in Noida

Ironically on Wedenesday morning Nupur Talwar said they want justice for their daughter in the case. Both Rajesh and Nupur, have now been made co-accused in the murder of their daughter, Aarushi Talwar and a chargesheet in the case will be filed shortly.

Speaking to reporters Talwar's counsel Satish Tamta had on Tuesday alleged that there were serious lapses in the probe conducted by the CBI.

"In our argument we have tried to bring out there were certain infirmities in the investigation carried out which needed further clarification. And that the investigation just cannot stop at this stage and further scientific investigation has to be carried out so that proper result can be brought out," he had said.

Tamta stressed on the need to conduct low count DNA procedure, which involves the testing of genetic material.

Court charges Aarushi's parents with murder

Fourteen-year-old Aarushi was found murdered with her throat slit in her parents' home at Jalvayu Vihar in Noida near Delhi on May 16, 2008. The family's domestic help Hemraj was found dead on the terrace of the flat the following day.