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Aarushi-Hemraj murder: CBI court sentences Talwars to life

Aarushi-Hemraj murder: CBI court sentences Talwars to life
Ghaziabad: Terming that it is not a 'rarest of rare' case, a CBI court sentenced Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar to life imprisonment for murdering their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj five-and-a-half years ago.

The Talwars were also sentenced for five years for destruction of evidence. Rajesh Talwar, alone was punished for one more year for filing wrong FIR with police.

Speaking to reporters soon after the verdict, the lawyer of Talwars said that they would appeal against the order.

Earlier in the day, CBI had pressed for maximum punishment of death for dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, a day after they were convicted in the double murder case. However, court said that the murder was not a pre-planned one.

Arguing before Additional Session Judge Shyam Lal on quantum of punishment for Talwars, CBI counsel R.K. Saini submitted that the killing was a cold-blooded murder and fell in the 'rarest of rare' category, defence counsel Satyaketu Singh told reporters. Saini pleaded for maximum punishment for the Talwar couple.

Defence counsel Tanvir Mir countered CBI's argument and said the evidence against his clients were weak and sought leniency for Talwars, Singh said. 

Speaking to media, the lawyer said that Talwars are determined to fight till the last drop of their blood. "CBI had earlier said sudden provocation, now how can it be rarest of rare case," he asked.

Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were on Monday convicted in the sensational double murder of their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and Hemraj by the court.

The arguments in the case, whose probe by local police and then by the CBI saw many dramatic turns and flip flops by the prosecution, were concluded Monday afternoon.

After a 15-month trial, Judge Shyam Lal held the Talwar couple 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 in their residence in Noida. The father was also convicted under section 203 of IPC for filing wrong information with the Noida police station about the incident.

Dinesh Talwar, brother of Rajesh, had told reporters on Monday that they would appeal against the conviction verdict in the Allahabad High Court.