The Allahabad High Court today acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi and their domestic help Hemraj in 2008, saying they could not be held guilty on the basis of the evidence on record.
The verdict ends a nine-year ordeal of the parents who were found guilty by a CBI court of murdering 14-year-old Aarushi.
Their lawyer Rebecca John said the evidence presented by the CBI "did not stand judicial scrutiny and that is the end of it". The couple was acquitted by the Allahabad High Court bench of Justices B.K. Narayana and A.K. Mishra.
Pinaki Misra, another defence counsel, said the judgement of the CBI court was "absolutely perverse and the High Court has set it aside correctly".
Nupur and Rajesh Talwar have been serving their sentence in Ghaziabad's Dasna jail. As the Uttar Pradesh Police drew flak over shoddy investigation into the case which was making national headlines, the then chief minister Mayawati handed over the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The acquittal of the Talwars has further deepened the mystery of the May 16-17, 2008 murders.
Aarushi, a teenager, was found murdered in her bedroom in Noida's Jalvayu Vihar on May 16. The body of the domestic help was found in a pool of blood a day later on the terrace of the house.