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Aarushi-Hemraj case: Talwars awarded life term

A Special CBI court in Ghaziabad today sentenced Nupur and Rajesh Talwar to life term for killing their teenage daughter Arushi and domestic help Hemraj. The CBI, which was the investigating agency in this case, had sought death sentence for the dentist couple.

In addition to the life term, both were awarded five years imprisonment each for destruction of evidence. Another one year sentence was pronounced for Rajesh Talwar for misleading the investigation. All sentences will run side-by-side.

The court had held them guilty on Monday of killing their only child, 13-year-old Aarushi and Hemraj, a Nepali citizen, with a golf club in a fit of anger after finding Arushi with Hemraj in "an objectionable position" at their apartment in 2008. The verdict was pronounced by Special CBI Judge Shyam Lal.

Nupur has reportedly fallen ill in jail on Monday and was attended to by doctors. Jail sources said that the doctor had advised her three hours of rest. Yesterday, after the court held the Talwars guilty of double murder, they released a statement highlighting their disappointment and anguish over the order but the couple vowed not to be defeated.

"We are deeply disappointed, hurt and anguished for being convicted of a crime we have not committed. We refuse to feel defeated and will continue our fight for justice," said the statement.

The Talwars were produced in Ghaziabad court today afternoon amid high security. The court had held them guilty after accepting circumstantial evidence against them. It is to be noted that the CBI, however, failed to produce any forensic or material proof linking the dentist couple to the murders. The CBI professed the "last-seen theory" - which holds that the victims were last seen with the Talwars, to claim that the duo were murdered by Talwars.

The couple was taken to Dasna Jail in Ghaziabad shortly after being convicted. The Talwars were kept in separate cells and it is learnt that they were simply inconsosable. "They were crying and refused to eat," said Vireshraj Sharma, a Dasna prison officer. "We had to force them to eat, late at night." The couple also refused to take tea this morning.