New Delhi: The Allahabad high court on Thursday acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar for the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in 2008, setting aside the 2013 verdict by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ghaziabad.

The couple were awarded life sentence by a special CBI court in Ghaziabad on 26 November 2013, a day after their conviction. Nupur and Rajesh Talwar are at present serving their sentence in Ghaziabad’s Dasna jail.

A division bench of the high court comprising justices B.K. Narayana and A.K. Mishra had reserved its judgment on 7 September on the appeal filed by the dentist couple, fixing 12 October as the date for the verdict.

Fourteen-year-old Aarushi was found dead inside her room in the Talwars’ Noida residence with her throat slit in May 2008.

The needle of suspicion had initially moved towards 45- year-old Hemraj, who had gone missing but his body was recovered from the terrace of the house two days later.

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 CBI.

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