He said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had also stated this in its “closure report” filed before a special trial court in Ghaziabad.
“The Allahabad High Court has, I believe, given them benefit of doubt which is precisely what we had said in our closure report. There was insufficient evidence to prosecute the Talwars hence we had filed the closure report,” he said.
The investigation in the case was almost complete when Singh became the CBI chief to head it between 2010 and 2012.
“The investigation was almost complete when I took over and I had to take a decision whether to file a chargesheet or a closure report,” he said.
Singh said that there were several constraints before the CBI when it took over the investigation, and the most crucial one was the crime scene which was severely compromised after the Uttar Pradesh Police‘s initial probe.
Aarushi was found dead inside her room in the Talwars’ Noida residence with her throat slit in May 2008. The suspicion initially fell on 45-year-old domestic help Hemraj, who at the time was missing. But his body was recovered from the terrace of the house a day later.
A bench of Justice BK Narayana and Justice AK Mishra on Thursday
set free the Talwar couple, who were serving life term for the murder.+
Tanveer Ahmed Mir, lawyer for the couple, said they were able to prove that the CBI case had no basis or legs to stand on. “Once the basis of the prosecution was knocked out because it was unbelievable, then there was no motive. There was no sterling witness.”
Aditya Wadhwa, another defence lawyer, said just because there was no other person present in the room, where Aarushi was found dead, it was unjustified to blame the parents for the murder.
He said both the judges found the charges against them baseless and there was no strength in the allegations of the CBI.
Dhruv Gupta, another counsel for the accused parents, said there was no eyewitness and in a case which depended on circumstantial evidence “the law of the land is that the benefit of doubt goes to the accused”.
“Also when is an alternative hypothesis (of some other killer), the benefit of doubt again goes to the accused.”
The murders of Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj gripped the imagination of the nation, indeed several other parts of the world. The interest even resulted in the critically acclaimed film, Talvar , which was distributed by Junglee Pictures and produced by Vineet Jain and Vishal Bhardwaj. The film was directed by Meghna Gulzar.
Vishal Bhardwaj and Meghna Gulzar hailed the Allahabad High Court verdict acquitting the parents.
The couple is expected to be set free from Dasna jail in Ghaziabad on Friday. Their relatives expressed happiness over the judgment, saying finally the ordeal is over for the couple.