Life term for Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in Aarushi-Hemraj murder case

INDIA

A special CBI court sentenced dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar to life after they were held guilty of killing their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj Banjade at their Noida home on the intervening night of May 15-16, 2008.

Earlier, CBI had sought death penalty for Talwar couple. Public prosecutor RK Saini had said the case comes under the "rarest of rare" category as daughter Aarushi and Hemraj were found dead with their throats slit at the Talwar residence in Noida in May 2008.

Counsel for the Talwars had sought leniency from the court. Special CBI Judge Shyam Lal pronounced the verdict at 4.30pm.

The Talwars were declared guilty of the crime under sections 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Rajesh was also convicted under section 203 of the Indian Penal Code for filing wrong information with the Noida police about the crime.

The case that saw multiple twists and turns was widely speculated to be an instance of honour killing by the couple owing to their daughter’s ‘liaison’ with Hemraj, 45, who hailed from Nepal.

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