The Hush Post: The acquittal of doctor couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the sensational Aarushi-Hemraj murder case has been challenged in the Supreme Court by the wife of Hemraj, the murdered domestic help.Challenging the verdict, Hemraj’s family contended that the Allahabad High Court order, which acquitted the doctor couple on benefit of doubt, meant that no one killed the two in 2008 and sought that the guilty must be punished. The petition said it was the primary responsibility of the government and authorities to ensure that the culprit was brought to book as society would not be secure if no one was punished. Hemraj is survived by his wife and elderly mother, who live in Nepal and make a living by grazing cattle, and two children. His son is pursuing a vocational course in mobile repair while his daughter is married to a person, Jeevan, who works for a Noida-based businessman. Jeevan and his employer have been pursuing the case on behalf of Hemraj’s family.

In October, the Allahabad High Court acquitted the Talwar couple, saying they could not be held guilty in the double murder on the basis of evidence on record. Interestingly, CBI, which was slammed by the high court for its shoddy probe in the high profile case, has not approached the SC so far to challenge the verdict.

After Aarushi was found with her throat slit in her room on May 16, 2008, the main suspect was Hemraj but two days later, he too was found murdered and his body recovered from the terrace of the house. After the UP police faced flak for a poorly conducted investigation, the then Uttar  Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati handed the case to CBI on June 1, 2008.

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