Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, the parents of Aarushi Talwar, were released today from Dasna jail, four days after the Allahabad High Court acquitted them in the double murder case of their daughter and domestic help Hemraj.
Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, both dentists, revived the near-defunct dental department at the prison hospital.
Besides prisoners, Talwars have also been treating jail officials and their children. "Talwars gave medical service for free. Had they taken remuneration, it would have cost nearly Rs 49,500," said jailor of Dasna Jail in Ghaziabad.
FOLLOW THE LIVE UPDATES ON NUPUR AND RAJESH TALWAR's RELEASE FROM JAIL TODAY:
- Rajesh and Nupur Talwar have been released from jail.
- A medical examination of Talwars has been done, other formalities underway; couple could be released from jail in the next 30 minutes
- Court official delivers release order for Rajesh and Nupur Talwar at Dasna Jail
- A messenger has reached Dasna Jail with an order to release the Talwars
- Order for release of Nupur and Rajesh Talwar has been issued by Ghaziabad CBI court
- Nupur Talwar's parents, Dinesh Talwar and a friend will provide surety bonds for Talwars in the court
- Dinesh Talwar, Rajesh Talwar's brother, and other family members reach CBI court
- All legal formalities and other necessary procedures will be over by 3 pm after which Rajesh and Nupur Talwar will walk out of jail, says Satyaketu Singh, the lawyer who argued for Talwars' at Ghaziabad trial court
- The special CBI court in Ghaziabad has started writing the order after receiving all necessary documents from Talwars' lawyers
- SDM reaches Dasna Jail to review security measures ahead of the likely release of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar
- Hearing takes place in the court of CBI judge Pawan Tiwari, documents submitted by Talwars' lawyer sent for verification
- Talwars' lawyer submits certified copy of the Allahabad High Court order and files release application in special CBI court in Ghaziabad, hearing to start in next 15 minutes The release application filed by lawyer of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the special CBI court.
- Nupur (Talwar) read medical books and attended to female inmates in the jail, says Dasna Jail warden
- Nupur Talwar may open a hospital in the name of Aarushi, says Pushpa Sharma, jail warden
- Dasna jail warden Pushpa Sharma says Nupur Talwar is very happy and is waiting for her release order
- Aarushi's grandparents leave for Dasna Jail; Talwars' lawyer to reach Ghaziabad CBI court shortly
- Want to be away from courts, want a normal life, had enough attention in the last nine years, says Nupur Talwar's father when asked about approaching Supreme Court in the case
- We expect that by 7-8 pm, we should finally reach Jalvayu Vihar (Talwars' Noida residence), says B H Chitnis
- We will go to the court first and then we will go to the jail to complete all the legal formalities, says B G Chitnis, father of Nupur Talwar
- I will go to Dasna Jail today, and after fulfilling the legal formalities will get Rajesh and Nupur Talwar free, says Talwar's advocate Tanveer Ahmed Mir
- Court formalities to begin at 10 am and Talwars' lawyer will produce certified copy of the high court order; Rajesh and Nupur Talwar likely to be released from Dasna Jail between 2.30 pm and 3 pm
HERE IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE AARUSHI-HEMRAJ CASE AND TALWARS' ACQUITTAL:
- Rajesh and Nupur Talwar's daughter Aarushi Talwar was found dead inside her room with her throat slit at Noida's Jalvayu Vihar in May 2008. The needle of suspicion had initially moved towards 45-year-old domestic help Hemraj, who had gone missing but his body was recovered from the terrace of the house two days later.
- In November 2013, a special CBI court of Ghaziabad convicted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar for the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj and sentenced them to life imprisonment. On Thursday, a division bench of Allahabad High Court, comprising Justices B K Narayana and A K Mishra, upheld the appeals by Talwars against the Ghaziabad CBI court order, and acquitted them.
- Pronouncing the verdict in a packed court room, the bench held that as per the circumstances and the evidence on record Rajesh and Nupur Talwar cannot not be held guilty.
- Stating that the basic legal tenet was that an accused is innocent until proven guilty, the judges said, "The CBI has not provided the court with evidences that prove beyond doubt that they were guilty. In such cases, even the Supreme Court, in the absence of proper facts and proof, doesn't give such harsh punishments... The parents cannot be held guilty just because they were present in the house when the murder took place. They should get the benefit of doubt. They are being set free in this case."
- Talwars, who were following the court's judgment on television in their prison barracks, got emotional after hearing the verdict. The couple, who had skipped breakfast, were praying since morning. "Nupur had tears in her eyes," a Dasna Jail official told India Today after the Allahabad High Court's order.
- Senior lawyer Rebecca John, who was part of the legal team that argued for the Talwar couple, hailed the Allahabad High Court judgment, saying the case against them was based on "innuendos" and "assumptions".
- Following their release from the jail, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar would visit the Dasna jail once in every 15 days to attend to patients. "We were concerned about the fate of our dental department after their release. They have assured us that they would visit the jail to attend to inmates every 15 days even after their release," jail doctor Sunil Tyagi told PTI.
(With inputs from PTI)