After a 15-month trial, Additional Sessions Judge Shyam Lal held both of them also 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 at their residence in Noida in Uttar Pradesh. The father was also convicted for filing wrong information with the Noida police station about the incident. “The parents are the best protectors of their own children. That is the order of the human nature but there have been freaks in the history of mankind where the father and the mother became the killer of their own progeny.
Dinesh Talwar, brother of Rajesh, told reporters outside the court that they would appeal against the verdict in the Allahabad High Court. After two adjournments since morning, the judge, who is to lay down office this month end, arrived in the high-security court room at 3.25 PM and summoned both the accused. He read out the operative portion from his order that both the parents have been convicted for murder and destruction of evidence and on the charge of committing an act in furtherance of common intention.
In a case that was widely speculated as a honor killing, 49-year-old Rajesh was also convicted on the charge of filing false complaint. Rajesh and Nupur, a year younger than husband, were said to have been angry over their daughter’s liaison with 45-year-old Hemraj who hailed from Nepal. The Talwar couple, who were well known dentists of Noida, broke into tears as they were taken into custody and sent Dasna jail. Judge Shyam Lal said they are also found guilty of secreting and obliterating the evidence of the commission of the murders to screen themselves from legal punishment. “In addition to this Dr Rajesh Talwar has also been found guilty of furnishing false information to the police regarding the murder of his daughter by Hemraj. (PTI)