After Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were acquitted in the Aarushi murder case, the Allahabad High Court pointed towards Talwars’ compounder, Krishna Thadarai, as the main suspect in the case. While castigating the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for having “tampered with the case property”, the court observed that the agency had replaced a report which conclusively established Krishna’s involvement in the crime.
The court, on Thursday, said that the circumstances of the case did not lead to the “irresistible conclusion” that Nupur and Rajesh had alone committed the murders.
The couple was convicted and sentenced to life by a CBI court for killing their daughter, Aarushi and domestic help, Hemraj in May 2008. The doctor couple had moved the Allahabad High Court on the 28 November 2013, trial court order.
While reading out their 273-page verdict, justices BK Narayana and AK Mishra quoted a Supreme Court ruling that underlined “graver the crime, greater should be the standard of proof”.
“The circumstances of this case upon being collectively considered do not lead to the irresistible conclusion that the appellants alone are the perpetrators of crime in question and on the evidence adduced in this case certainly two views are possible; one pointing to the guilt of the appellants; and the other to their innocence and in view of the principles expounded by the Apex Court in the case of Kali Ram (supra), we propose to adopt the view which is favourable to the appellants,” the High Court said.