Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:45:00 GMT

Blog: Talwars sentenced to life

A special CBI court in Ghaziabad today sentenced Rajesh and Nupur Talwar to life imprisonment for the murder of their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj


Live: Talwars await sentence (© Getty Images)

The verdict on Talwars as it happened. We are signing off.

6.30 pm: Radhika Chaddha, friend of Talwars: We always believed there was no case against Talwars. The nightmare has carried on for five years. We don't know how long this will go on

6.15 pm: NDTV reports: Vikram Singh, former DGP, UP: They (Talwars) didn't get any relief from investigative agencies. According to them, there were no fairplay from investigators. You can't have a tailor-made investigator. It is not any investigative agency to go on a witchhunt

6.13 pm: NDTV reports: Vikram Singh, former DGP, UP: Couple misguided investigations. I have never seen such vehement criticism of investigative agencies. Talwars manipulated the media and law enforcement agencies

6.10 pm: Rebecca John, Talwars' lawyer: I am horrified that the CBI asked for death penalty

6.00 pm: IANS reports: Hemraj family's lawyer Naresh Yadav  sprints from the scene with police assistance and takes shelter in the court

5.50 pm: IANS reports: Hemraj family's lawyer Naresh Yadav comes under attack from other lawyers after he breaks the news of the verdict

5.45 pm: Times Now reports: Talwars have 30 days to appeal against the CBI court verdict

5.30 pm: Judge: Convicts are not a menace to society. Death sentence not required.

5.15 pm: Judge: Ends of justice shall be met if they are awarded life imprisonment

5.05 pm: NDTV reports: Flavia Agnes, lawyer and activist: What the judiciary has done is the right thing. Judge will go as per law. You cannot prejudge. Let the high court appreciate the evidence. You have to have the presumption that court will do its duty

4.57 pm: Talwars' lawyer: Will appeal against the order

4.47 pm: NDTV: Rajesh Talwar fined Rs 18,000; Nupur talwar fined Rs 15,000

4.43 pm: Rajesh and Nupur Talwar will be taken to Dasna jail

4.42 pm: What a life sentence means: The Supreme Court ruled last year that a sentence of life imprisonment implies a jail term for the convict’s entire life. “It appears to us there is a misconception that a prisoner serving a life sentence has an indefeasible right to be released on completion of either fourteen years or twenty years imprisonment. The prisoner has no such right”, the Court said. Of course, in the case of the Talwars, they can appeal to a higher court to overturn the verdict

4.40 pm: TV reports: Fight breaks out between two groups of lawyers. Police intervene

4.39 pm: CNN IBN: Talwars' friend: This is a mockery of justice

4.38 pm: CNN IBN: Defence lawyer Rebecca John: Will move Allahabad HC has soon as possible

4.36 pm: Talwars get three years in jail for destruction of evidence

4.34 pm: CBI had sought death sentence while the defence counsel had sought leniency

4.30 pm: Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj

4.29 pm: Life imprisonment for Talwars

3.51 pm: Quantum of sentence to be pronounced at 4.30 pm by special CBI court

3.40 pm: NDTV: Arguments for sentencing lasted five minutes

3.25 pm: Times Now: Nupur Talwar's mother accuses CBI of hiding facts

3.05 pm: CNN IBN: Defence counsel gives explanation in court that Talwars didn't destroy evidence. CBI demands death penalty for Rajesh and Nupur Talwar; defence has sought leniency. The agency asks for maximum sentence since it involves murder of two people. Order on quantum of sentence expected at 3 pm

2.34 pm: Arguments on sentencing have concluded at the special CBI court

2.32 pm: PTI: Counsel for one of the domestic helps, Fakir Chand Sharma, said he felt vindicated by the judgement. "I was opposing tooth and nail, the charge against domestic helps as there was no evidence against them," he said

2.22 pm: PTI: Dinesh Talwar, brother of Rajesh, told reporters outside the court yesterday that they would appeal against the verdict in the Allahabad High Court

2.12 pm: PTI: "They (Talwars) have extirpated their own daughter who hardly had seen 14 summers of her life and the servant without the compunction of terrestrial terrain in the breach of commandment 'thou shall not kill' and injunction of Holy Quran 'take not life which god has made sacred'," the judge said in his 204-page verdict

2.01 pm: PTI: Arguments on sentencing will be held today after which the judge will announce quantum of sentence. The punishment for the couple could go upto a maximum of life term in jail. Death for murder is given in rarest of rare cases

'Inconsolable' Talwar couple refuses dinner in jail

1.57 pm: ANI: Superintendent, Dasna Jail: Nupur Talwar had high BP, she had anxiety, did not eat properly at night, doctors were with her

1.55 pm: Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were yesterday found guilty of murdering their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj

1.54 pm: Arguments on quantum of sentence to begin shortly at the special CBI court in Ghaziabad

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