Aarushi case live: Talwars sentenced to life imprisonment

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 26, 2013 11:31 hrs

5.00 pm:

We will appeal to Allahabad High Court: Rebecca John, Talwar's lawyer tells NDTV

"For the agents who asked for the closure of this case, for them to turn around and ask for the death sentence is shocking

I think it is a shocking, sad day for India

Never seen such a witch-hunt and this is a blatant abuse of power

There has been no fresh evidence introduced. Critical evidence which could have gone in Talwars favour was not allowed to be introduced

After examining evidence on record, I feel they should be honourably acquitted."

4.30 pm:

Talwars sentenced to life imprisonment

The life sentence for Talwars was under Section 302 of the IPC. They also were awarded 5 years under Section 203 of the IPC and one year for Rajesh Talwar under Section 201 of the IPC.

The court has also awarded the Talwars a fine of Rs 17,000.

The Talwars will be imprisoned for now. If and when they file an appeal in the High Court, they can be granted bail once again.

4.00 pm:

Sentence expected to be delivered at 4:30 pm.

3.30 pm:

Maverick @pratikprasenjit

All news channels are scrolling " Thodi der mein saza ka elaan" since last 2 hours. #Aarushi

ratna_rajaiah @alphabetiya

The CBI wanted to close the Aarushi Talwar case for lack of evidence. Now it's asking for death sentence?

3.10 pm:

India Politics Watch @politicalbaaba

#CBI which few months ago suggested court to shut the case for lack of evidence, now demands death penalty for #Talwars. #AarushiVerdict

3.05 pm:

sonal mehrotra @sonalndtv

I stand corrected by the defence lawyer, arguments on death penalty of Talwars lasted FIVE MINUTES #AarushiMurderCase

Defence lawyer Manoj Sisodia to NDTV

It will be a straight argument for life imprisonment since that is the minimum sentence as per law

We will try and convince the court that it's not the rarest of rare case. Even CBI says it wasn't a pre-planned murder, not cold blooded

The full judgement has not come out to us. But the way in the end the order says Rajesh was drinking in the night, allegedly after the murder due to an anxiety attack. No one said in the morning that he looked drunk.

3.00 pm:

Arguments over quantum of sentence ends; sentencing likely at 3.30 pm

2.55 pm:

India Today @IndiaToday

Defence lawyer has said the conviction is based only on circumstantial evidence

2.50 pm:

Suparna Singh @Suparna_Singh

#aarushi case: media not allowed into the court-room. #Talwars have reached. Sentence expected soon.

ankit gupta ‏@ankit_abpnews

# Aarushi case: Defense seeks leniency, said no previous record, lost their daughter, both of thm are doctors...

2.45 pm:

CBI demands death sentence

The CBI has demanded death sentence for Rajesh and Nupur Talwar keeping in mind that there were two murders involved.

2.20 pm:

Rajesh and Nupur Talwar reach court for sentencing.

10.30 am:

Here is all the major events from the day of the verdict. The judgement in which the Talwar couple is sentenced will be announced today.

Further updates to follow.

November 25

9.00 pm:

Aarushi Trial: Doshi karaar! Saza kal!

Six five and a half years after Aarushi Talwar and the Talwars' servant Hemraj were murdered, a special CBI court had found Aarushi's parents guilty. 'Doshi karaar', said everyone emerging from the court, and that is how the news first spread: by word of mouth.

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Avirook Sen,
former resident editor of Hindustan Times (Mumbai) and the former editor of Mid-Day, has been covering the trial exclusively for Sify.

Here are his five-most read pieces over the past year.

How are the Talwars paying their bills?

The findings of a bizarre experiment

Why was the Talwars' net connection acting funny on night of murders?

CBI officer's cross-examination raises the subject of Aarushi's 'virginity'

How the word 'rape' came into the case

8.30 pm:

Talwars kept in separate special jail cells

The Talwar couple has been kept in separate special cells in the jail, which will be out of reach for other inmates. Due to security reasons, they will be kept separate from other inmates for some days,"

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8.00 pm:

Judgment miscarriage of justice, will appeal: Talwar family

Rajesh Talwar's brother Dinesh Talwar said: "He and the family is not happy with the judgment. We believe it's a miscarriage of justice.

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7.30 pm:

Additional Sessions Judge Shyam Lal held both of them also guilty of destruction of evidence in the murder on the intervening night of May 15 and 16, 2008, days before the birthday of the class nine student.

The father was also convicted under section 203 of IPC for filing wrong information with the Noida police station about the incident.

7.00 pm:

"Dear Santa,

Merry christmas to you. I know you will be tired from running here to there giving children what they waned but I want something totally different.

I want the well-being of my parents. I want no harm to reach them. Please fulfill my wish.

My second wish is that I wish my parents to always be with me, and my friends too!!

My third wish is a bit silly - I WANT A DOG. Not from you, but from my parents. I wish they agree!!"

 - Aarushi's letter to Santa

4:30 pm:

Twitter reactions to the conviction of the Talwars

Prominent journalist Barkha Dutt: No matter which way you think of it, its so sad. If Innocent, a travesty, if guilty, the bigger travesty of parents as killers #aarushi

Her colleagues at NDTV Sonia Singh ‏had this to say:
I do not believe Nupur and Rajesh Talwar killed #Aarushi, the CBI produced not a shred of evidence to prove that they did

Pronoti Datta had this to say:
Given how badly the CBI investigated the #Aarushi case, the verdict doesn't seem like closure.

Sonorita Chauhan chipped in: I wonder what NEW evidence came to light that charged the Talwars as guilty that was different from the time of closure report #Aarushi

3:25 pm:

Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar have been convicted for murdering their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.

The Talwars were convicted under sections 34, 302 and 201 of the Indian Penal Code. Rajesh Talwar was also convicted under section 203.

Both have been taken into custody. The quantum of their sentencing will be known on Tuesday.

Read more here

Over the last six years, the Talwars had resolutely claimed they are innocent. They started out seeking justice for Aarushi; catch her killers, they said.

But over the last three years, they had been desperately trying to prove their innocence.

Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar have said in a statement that they "are deeply disappointed, hurt and anguished for being convicted for a crime that has not been committed. We refuse to feel defeated and will continue to fight for justice".

2.30 pm:

Talwars arrive in court, verdict after 3 pm

1.10 pm:

Heavy security ahead of verdict

Ahead of the verdict into the sensational Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case Monday, the Uttar Pradesh police put in place the heavy security around the court premises.

In the Ghaziabad court, Special judge Shyam Lal is likely to pronounce judgment nearly five-and-a-half years after Aarushi Talwar (14) and domestic worker Hemraj Banjhare were found murdered at the flat of her parents Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in Noida May 15, 2008.

12:50 pm:
CNN-IBN's Editor-in-chief Rajdeep Sardesai tweets: While we seek justice for Aarushi, don't forget Hemraj was killed too. He too needs 'justice'.

12:30 pm:

Avirook Sen
, former resident editor of Hindustan Times (Mumbai) and the former editor of Mid-Day, has been covering the trial exclusively for Sify. His reports on India's most famous and intriguing murder case has had a huge readership.

Here are his five-most read pieces over the past year, which cover some interesting aspects of the case whose verdict is expected at around 2 pm.

How are the Talwars paying their bills?

The findings of a bizarre experiment

Why was the Talwars' net connection acting funny on night of murders?

CBI officer's cross-examination raises the subject of Aarushi's 'virginity'

How the word 'rape' came into the case

11.35 am:

Parents reach court, verdict at 2 pm

11.31 am:

Talwars arrive in court, verdict any time now

Rajesh and Nupur Talwar have arrived at the Ghaziabad court. The parents of the slain teenager were accompanied by Rajesh’s parents and did not speak to the waiting media persons as they entered the court. The verdict from the court can come any time now.

10.30 am:

​The Aarushi case is infamous both for the gruesome nature of the murders and the apparently endless spiral of mysteries the case took over the years.

We are still not sure who actually murdered the teenager Aarushi Talwar and the servant of her parents - Hemraj.

The CBI, in court, have claimed that the parents did it, in a fit of moralistic rage after discovering their daughter in a 'compromising' position with the servant Hemraj.

The court will deliver its long-waited judgment today. Here is the our coverage of this trial.

Judgment in Aarushi-Hemraj double murder today | Timeline | Complete coverage


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Surrounded by pictures of their daughter, they were counting down the hours to when a court might tell them they killed Aarushi. If it did, they wouldn't come back home on Monday. They would go to their respective cells in Dasna jail as convicted killers.

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Are the Talwars the only possible suspects?

In the absence of any hard evidence against Dr Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, the CBI has tried to build its case in the Aarushi-Hemraj murders around two propositions

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