Aarushi murder case sentencing: As it happened
A day after holding them guilty of Aarushi-Hemraj`s murder, a special CBI court will likely pronounce the sentence to be handed over to the parents - Rajesh and Nupur Talwar.
Zee Media Bureau/Kamna Arora and Supriya Jha
9: 05 pm: CBI presented "clinching wealth of circumstances": Judge
The CBI court judge Shyam Lal who announced the guilty verdict for Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case has outlined a list of 26 reasons for sentencing the dentist couple to rigorous life imprisonment.
The judge said that though there was no direct evidence, but the CBI presented a "clinching wealth of circumstances" that led to the sentencing of the Talwars.
8: 30 pm: `Main job of CBI is to win the case, not expose the truth`
Speaking to Zee News about the verdict, Rahul Mishra, Talwars` family friend said that it appeared tha the CBI`s main motive was not to expose the truth, but to win the case. He said thee were many loopholes in the CBI`s invesigation and it was a one-sided probe.
8: 15 pm: `CBI denied Talwars` request to examine DNA in blood stains on whiskey bottles`
Condemning the CBI`s investigation, Rajesh Talwar`s brother Dinesh Talwar raised questions on the investigative agency`s probe saying that it repeatedly refused to examine the DNA on whiskey bottles.
Speaking exclusively to Zee News, Dinesh Talwar said that he Talwar couple were avid to get the blood stains on whiskey botles tested, bt the CBI ignored.
7: 50 pm: Rajesh and Nupur Talwars in Dasna jail`s ward no. 11 and 13 respectively
Pronounced guilty of murdering their own daughter Aarushi and servant Hemraj, the Talwars were sent to Ghaziabad`s Dasna jail, where Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar were placed in ward no. 11 and 13 respectively. Rajesh Talwar is prisoner number 9242 and Nupur Talwar has been allotted the prisoner number 9243.
7: 25 pm: Talwars are the victims of CBI witch-hunt, says lawyer Rebecca John
Calling the verdict as a miscarriage of justice, Talwar couple’s counsel Rebecca John said that they will appeal in Allahabad High Court as the dentist couple have been the target of a “witch-hunt”.
"CBI`s demand to treat this case as a rarest of the rare case shows the witch-hunt in the case. They first demanded closure and then death. The investigating agency has acted irresponsibly. It was never a rarest of the rare case," said Rebecca.
She added that it was the most shocking abuse of power (by the CBI) and the investigating agency had resorted to withc-hunt against the Talwars.
"I believe the Talwars are the victims of witch hunt and I believe that they should have been honourably acquitted in this case and not held guilty. A lot of fabrication has been done in this case," she said.
7:10 pm: Aarushi murder case over-hyped, says Medha Patkar
Social activist Medha Patkar slammed the extensive media coverage of the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case, saying that scores of killings and injustice happening in the poorer sections of the society often went unnoticed and the Talwars’ case was being given unnecessary hype, eports said.
6:50 pm: Aarushi case does not merit death penalty: Kiran Bedi
Reacting on the reports that the investigating agency CBI had sought death sentence for the Talwar couple, former IPS officer and social activist Kiran Bedi tweeted her disapproval of the CBI’s request. She said that the case did not merit death penalty.
(CBI asks for death for Talwars) Arushi crime does not merit death penalty. CBI can make a reasonable distinction!
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) November 26, 2013
6: 25 pm: CBI sought death penalty for Talwars: Lawyer
Speaking to the reporters outside the Ghaziabad court, a lawyer told reporters that the Central Bureau of Investigation had sought death penalty for Rajesh and Nupur Talwar after the guilty verdict was announced.
The CBI’s prosecutor RK Saini had said the Noida double murder case comes under the "rarest of rare" category as daughter Aarushi and Hemraj were found dead with their throats slit at heir residence in May 2008.
6:05 pm: Aarushi case our ‘grassy knoll’, says Omar Abdullah
Speaking of the deeply mysterious nature of the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case, J&K CM Omar Abdullah called it a grassy knoll, which means a hidden plot. Despite the verdict and the sentencing, Omar said that it was difficult to ever know the actual details of the case.
Arushi Talwar case is going to be our "grassy knoll". We have a guilty verdict but I wonder if we will ever know what really happened.
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) November 25, 2013
5:45 pm: Aaushi verdict a ‘travesty of justice’, says Talwars’ family friend
Slamming the verdict in Aaushi-Hemraj double murder a mockery of justice, the Talwars’ family friend Masooma Jha said: “Travesty of justice, should not have to choose between life sentence and death sentence".
5:30 pm: `True kilers must be punished`
After Talwars were awarded life imprisonment for mudering their own child, Arushi`s friend Fiza Jha expressed reget saying that the slain teenager would get justice only when the true killers would be punished.
"Aarushi will get justice only when her parents find peace and her true killers are punished," she told ANI.
5:10 pm: Talwar couple reach Dasna jail
Nupur and Rajesh Talwar arrive at Dasna jail from court.
4:40 pm: Talwar couple shifted to Dasna jail
The distraught couple were immediately taken back to the Dasna Jail in Ghaziabad district after the CBI court sentenced them to life imprisonment on charges of killing their daughter and domestic help in 2008.
4:15 pm: Life sentence for Talwars
Special CBI Judge Shyam Lal awards life imprisonment to the Talwar couple for murdering their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj. The duo have been awarded life imprisonment under Section 302, five-year term under Section 201; Rajesh Talwar got one-year jail under Section 203. According to the CBI Counsel, the court has also imposed a fine of Rs 17,000 on Rajesh Talwar and Rs 15,000 fine on Nupur.
3:37 pm: Sentencing at 4:30 pm
Special CBI Judge Shyam Lal, who earlier reserved the verdict in the double murder case for 3:30 pm, will now pronounce the judgement at 4:30 pm.
2:40 pm: Arguments over
Arguments on sentencing conclude. The CBI seeks death penalty for Talwar couple. Public prosecutor RK Saini said the case comes under the "rarest of rare" category. Counsel for the Talwars, meanwhile, sought leniency from the court. Court to pronounce judgement at 3:30 pm.
2:17 pm: Arguments begin
Arguments on the quantum of sentence in the Aarushi Talwar case begin.
1:50 pm: Talwar couple reach court
Nupur and Rajesh Talwar reach Ghaziabad court. Sentence expected shortly.
1:30 pm: Talwar couple leave for court
Nupur and Rajesh Talwar leave for court from Dasna jail.
12:59 pm: `CBI hiding facts`
Nupur Talwar`s mother, Lata Chitnis, tells a news channel that her husband`s health has gotten worse n the wake of the verdict holding her daughter and Rajesh Talwar guilty of Aarushi-Hemraj`s murder.
Chitnis further accused the CBI of hiding facts and spoiling the case. Why did the CBI give a clean chit to the servants, asks Nupur Talwar`s mother.
My husband fought for country and he expects a fair judgement, adds Chitnis.
11:00 am: Sentencing after 2 pm
According to reports, the court will pronounce quantum of sentence on Rajesh and Nupur Talwar after 2 pm today.
9:30 am: `Nupur Talwar`s BP high, needs three-hour rest`
Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, who were "inconsolable" after being convicted for the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, had dinner late Monday night, Dasna Jail`s Superintendent said on Tuesday.
Lodged in separate cells amid high security, the Talwar couple had earlier refused to have dinner.
However, Vireshraj Sharma, superintendent , Dasna Jail, said on Tuesday the couple had dinner at around 11:30 pm on Monday after they were threatened with action.
The couple neither slept last night nor accepted tea this morning, Sharma added.
Meanwhile, doctors attending on Nupur Talwar said the dentist`s needed three-hour rest in the wake of her high blood pressure. Sharma said she would be taken to court after that.
8:05 am: Death or life sentence for Talwars?
A day after holding them guilty of Aarushi-Hemraj`s murder, a special CBI court will, Tuesday, likely pronounce the sentence to be handed over to the parents - Rajesh and Nupur Talwar. The maximum punishment is death.
Saying the Talwars were “freaks” who “became the killer of their own progeny", the court on Monday finally brought the curtains down on over five years of dramatic twists and turns in the sensational Aarushi Talwar whodunit, a crime that had the nation riveted for its intriguing logic.
The couple - who were well known doctors with a thriving practice - were also convicted for the murder of their domestic help Hemraj.
The dentist couple have been convicted of killing their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and 45-year-old domestic help on the intervening night of May 15 and 16, 2008. The Class 9 student was found with her throat slit and head battered in her plush Noida residence.
The next day, police recovered the body of their domestic help Hemraj from the terrace.
The Talwars were booked under Sections 302 (murder), 201 (destruction of evidence) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.
The court also charged Rajesh under Section 203 (misleading the probe).
The couple was whisked away by police to Dasna Jail in Ghaziabad.