Aarushi murder case: Talwars get life term

A special CBI court held the parents - Rajesh and Nupur Talwar - guilty of the teenage girls's murder.

GHAZIABAD: A special CBI court today sentenced Rajesh and Nupur Talwar to life imprisonment for the murder of their teenaged daughter Aarushi and their domestic help Hemraj at their home.

The court awarded life sentence to the Talwars under Sec 302 of IPC, 5 years under Sec 203 and one year to Rajesh Talwar under Sec 201.

Judge Shyam Lal also sentenced the Talwars to five years in jail for destruction of evidence and Rajesh Talwar to an additional year in prison for giving false information to investigators.

Talwar's lawyer Rebecca John said that the couple will challenge the verdict and sentencing in Allahabad High Court.

Earlier, the CBI sought death penalty for dentist couple on charges of murdering their daughter and domestic help.

Public prosecutor RK Saini said the case comes under the 'rarest of rare category.

The court on Monday held the parents - Rajesh and Nupur Talwar - guilty of the teenage girl's murder, saying they were 'freaks' who 'became the killer of their own progeny'.

The couple - who were well known doctors with a thriving practice - were also convicted for the murder of their domestic help Hemraj.

Special CBI Judge Shyam Lal said that both the accused (Talwars) have "flouted the ferocious penal law of the land" and therefore are liable to be convicted in the double murder case.

"Now is the time to say omega in this case. To perorate, it is proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused are perpetrators of the crime in the question. The parents are the best protectors of their own child that is in order of human nature but they have been freaks in the history of mankind where the father and mother became the killer of their own progeny," the judge said in a 204-page judgment.

It added: "They have extirpated their own daughter who had hardly seen 14 summers of her life and the servant without compunction from terrestrial terrain in the breach of commandment "Thou shalt not kill".

The Talwars were declared guilty of the crime under Sections 302 (Punishment for Death), 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). Section 203 (Giving false information respecting an offence committed) was also imposed on Rajesh Talwar.

The Talwars' daughter Aarushi, 14, and their Nepalese domestic help Hemraj, 45, were found with their throats slit at the doctors' residence in Noida adjoining Delhi in May 2008.

Police initially suspected the then missing Hemraj for Aarushi's killing but discovered his body from the terrace of the house the next day.

It marked the start of one of India's most keenly followed crime cases that took several twists and turns before the CBI finally decided to blame the Talwars for the gory double murder.

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