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Aarushi-Hemraj twin murder: Talwars challenge CBI verdict in Allahabad HC

Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar today approached the Allahabad High Court challenging a CBI verdict awarding them life imprisonment for the couple's involvement in the murder of their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.

It is expected that Talwars' plea would come up for hearing before a bench on Thursday. A special CBI court at Ghaziabad had sentenced the couple to life imprisonment on November 26, 2013.

The couple said in their appeal plea that the investigating agency had failed to find any direct evidence linking them to the twin murder. They also claimed that the CBI court did not take into account the circumstantial evidence which were available on record while passing the verdict.

They also pleaded that a closure report was filed by the CBI, which probed this case, but the CBI restarted investigations after the rejection of the closure report by the CBI court.

Aarushi's body with her throat slit was found inside the Talwars' Noida residence in May, 2008. Hemraj had gone missing at that time and it was suspected that he was involved in the murder of the teenager but his body too was recovered by the police from the terrace of the same building, where Talwars used to live, the next day.

Initially, this case was probed by the UP police but the probe was handed over to the CBI following outrage over the mishandling by the UP police.

The CBI court held the couple guilty, observing that they had killed Aarushi and Hemraj in a fit of rage after finding them in an "objectionable position".