New Delhi: Dinesh Talwar, the brother of convict Rajesh Talwar, has said that there is enough evidence to merit an appeal in the high Court in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case. Speaking to CNN-IBN Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose on Face The People, Dinesh said that he is convinced that his brother is innocent.
"All I can say is that for whatever reason, the prosecution's arguments seem to have been heard. As far as I am concerned there has been a miscarriage of judgement. The evidence that I see at least convinces me that my brother is innocent. As far as we are concerned there is enough evidence to merit going for an appeal. I believe and the family believes there has been a miscarriage of justice," he said.
After being convicted for the murder of their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj Banjade, Dr Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were on Tuesday sentenced to life imprisonment in the case. The Talwars' lawyers called the verdict and sentencing a "witch-hunt" and are preparing to challenge the verdict in the Allahabad High Court in the next few days.
The special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court at Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh sentenced Rajesh and Nupur on Tuesday concluding the five-and-a-half year old gruesome murder case. The court also awarded an additional 5 year sentence to the couple for destruction of evidence along with an imprisonment for another one year for Rajesh Talwar for giving false information to the police.
During the arguments for the sentencing, the CBI demanded death for the Talwars while the defence sought leniency in the court. The prosecution argued that the convicts should be given the maximum penalty as they killed two people, one of whom was their daughter.
Additional Sessions Judge Shyam Lal disagreed with the CBI and rejected its approach to treat the case as rarest of the rare and award death penalty to the Talwar couple.
The duo was convicted for the gruesome killings on Monday by the court. They had also been convicted for destruction of evidence and on the charge of committing an act in furtherance of common intention.
The judgement delivered in the sensational double murder case also held Rajesh and Nupur guilty of secreting and obliterating the evidence of the commission of the murders to screen them from legal punishment. In addition to this, Dr Rajesh has also been found guilty of furnishing false information to the police regarding the murder of his daughter by Hemraj.
While Rajesh was convicted under the Sections 201, 203, 302 and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), Nupur was found guilty under Sections 201, 302 and 34. Conviction under Section 302 carries a minimum punishment of imprisonment for life and shall also be liable to fine while the maximum is death.