Talwars acquitted of murder of daughter Aarushi, domestic help Banjade

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The Allahabad High Court on Thursday has acquitted Nupur and Rajesh Talwar in the twin murder case of Yam Prasad Banjade of Arghakhanchi (known as Hemraj) and 14-year-old daughter of the Talwar couple Aarushi. The court giving benefit of doubt to the couple has said that the Talwars cannot be held guilty as per circumstances and evidence on record, The Indian Express reported. 

A special CBI court in Ghaziabad had held the Talwars guilty of murdering domestic help Banjade and daughter Aarushi four years ago and slapped life imprisonment on them. Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, who are currently lodged in Ghaziabad’s Dasna jail, had filed an appeal challenging their conviction. The high court bench comprising justices BK Narayana and AK Mishra reserved its judgment on September 7 and had fixed October 12 as the date for the verdict.

On May 16, 2008, Aarushi Talwar was found murdered in her bedroom at the family’s residence in Noida’s Jal Vayu Vihar. Her throat was slit and her head bludgeoned. The police initially suspected their domestic help, Banjade, but a day later his body too was recovered from the terrace of their same flat.