Zee Media Bureau
Ghaziabad: Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, who were on Tuesday sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment by a Special CBI court for killing their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, will now approach the higher court against the verdict.
A day after holding them guilty, Special CBI Judge Shyam Lal on Tuesday said he was convinced that the gory murders of May 2008 at the Talwars` plush residence in Noida adjoining Delhi were committed "by the accused only".
"This court reaches the irresistible and impeccable conclusion that only the accused persons are responsible for committing this ghastly crime," he said in his 210-page judgment.
"The manner in which the murders were committed is not the handiwork of single accused and rather the murders were committed and evidence destroyed by both the accused in furtherance of their common intention which is apparent from the facts and circumstances," he said.
The judge said he did not give the couple death penalty as sought by the prosecution "in view the entire facts and circumstances ... (as) the accused are not (a) menace to the orderly society.
"Therefore, it appears just and proper to sentence the accused to rigorous imprisonment for life under Section 302 with Section 34 of the IPC."
"The rarest of the rare case comes when a convict would be a menace and threat to the harmonious and peaceful existence of the society."
The distraught couple, who were until recently among the most sought-after dentists in Delhi and Noida, were in the court when the verdict was given. They were quickly taken back to the Dasna Jail in Ghaziabad district.
Talwars` lawyer Tanvir Ahmed Mir described the couple as "brave" and said they would "fight for the honour of their daughter till the last drop of their blood". They would approach the higher court.
The Talwars were convicted on Monday of killing their 14-year-old daughter and 45-year-old domestic help Hemraj on the night of May 15-16, 2008.
The Class 9 student was found with her throat slit and head battered at the Talwars` Noida home.
Police initially suspected the then missing Hemraj for Aarushi`s killing until they found his body from the terrace of the house the next day.
It marked the start of a widely publicised whodunit with twists and turns before the Central Bureau of Investigation -- brought in after the local police faced flak for a shoddy probe -- held the Talwars guilty.
CBI counsel RK Saini maintained that the couple - who had a thriving practice -- killed Aarushi after seeing her and Hemraj in "a compromising position".
The court said that from the evidence produced by the CBI, it was proved that the couple had the knowledge of the double murder.
But to screen themselves from law, Rajesh Talwar gave false information to police that Hemraj had murdered Aarushi.
(With IANS inputs)