Freed Rajesh Talwar received with hugs, tears by family (Lead)

July 12th, 2008 - 11:21 am ICT by IANS  

Ghaziabad, July 12 (IANS) Rajesh Talwar, given a clean chit in the murders of his teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, hugged his wife Nupur Talwar with tears in his eyes as he was released from Dasna Jail here Saturday. Rajesh Talwar, wearing a white T-shirt and trouser, walked out of jail after 51 days of imprisonment.

The dentist’s visibly relieved relatives, who had been waiting outside the jail, embraced him and whisked him to a car even as hundreds of media persons surrounded them. The policemen were unable to control the mob of journalists.

Rajesh’s brother Dinesh Talwar told reporters: “Please give us some time. Rajesh has just come out of jail. He is very depressed. We need your cooperation.”

Fourteen-year-old Aarushi was found dead May 16 in the Talwar’s Noida home. The police initially named the Talwars’ domestic help Hemraj as the prime suspect, but had to retract after his body was found the next day on the terrace of the house. Rajesh Talwar was arrested May 23 and police said he killed his daughter in a fit of rage as he objected to her alleged closeness with Hemraj.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Friday cleared Rajesh Talwar of all charges and named his compounder Krishna and Rajkumar, the servant of close family friends Durranis, as those behind the murders.

The CBI said Krishna was the prime accused as he harboured ill-feelings towards the family after being scolded by Rajesh Talwar in public. The agency also said that it has been unable to get any evidence against the Talwars in connection with the murders.

Special Magistrate Sapna Mishra Tripathi Friday discharged Rajesh Talwar after the CBI moved an application under section 169 (release of accused when evidence is insufficient) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). The court set Rajesh Talwar free after he furnished a personal bond and two sureties of Rs.500,000 each.

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