What happen in Arushi Talwar Case? Full Case study on the Mysterious Murder of Arushi Talwar

Arushi Talwar Murder Case 2008 involves the murder of 13-year-old Arushi Talwar and 45 years old Hemraj Banjade. details regarding Victim, Accused and Judgement

CASE STUDY

Shubham Kumar

1/29/20247 min read

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Arushi Talwar Murder Case 2008 involves the murder of 13-year-old Arushi Talwar and 45 years old Hemraj Banjade. The culprit behind this heinous crime is still at large, and this case remains an unsolved mystery. This case highlighted the parents of Arushi Talwar, as the accused, who killed their daughter and Servant. The trails proceed from 2013 till 2017. In 2017 Supreme Court, acquitted them on behalf of lack of evidence to prove them guilty. The case serves as the unsolved mystery murder case.

Arushi Talwar Murder Case: Justice is Not Always Served

This informative blog aims to uncover the telltale from the mysterious murder of Arushi Talwar and Hemraj Banjade. This Blog includes all the details regarding Victim, Accused and Court Proceedings. Please read it patiently.

Short Briefing | Arushi Talwar Murder Case

Arushi Talwar Murder Case is a highly publicized case which dates back to 2008. This case involved the murder of 13-year-old Arushi Talwar and 45-year-old Hemraj Banjade. The murder took place in Noida, Uttar Pradesh on Midnight between May 15-16, 2008.

The Arushi Talwar Murder case is known for its mysteriousness and unsolving properties, however, this case is also known for its complications, shortcomings, and manhandling with the evidence and crime scene.

Arushi was found dead in her bedroom with multiple stab wounds, whereas Hemraj was found dead on terrace (Talwar's Residence) with multiple stab wounds.

Police first suspected Hemraj as the murderer, however the case took a huge turn when they discovered Hemraj's body on terrace.

Later the susception was shifted to Dr. Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar (Parents of Arushi Talwar) in 2013. The trails lasted from 2013 to 2017. Supreme Court acquitted them on behalf of lack of evidence. From 2017 to till now, the case remains an unsolved mystery.

Victim

Arushi Talwar

  • 13-Year-Old

  • Found dead in her bedroom.

  • Multiple Stab Wounds.

Hemraj Banjade

  • 45-Year-Old

  • Found dead on terrace (Talwar's Residence).

  • Multiple Stab Wounds.

Suspects

Dr. Rajesh Talwar

  • Father of Arushi Talwar

Dr. Nupur Talwar

  • Mother of Arushi Talwar

Crime Scene | Arushi Talwar Murder Case

The murder took place in Noida, Uttar Pradesh on midnight between May 15-16, 2008. The Crime scene was the Talwar's residence, initially, the crime scene was assumed to be limited up to the housing area of Talwar Residence. However, the vision of investigation and sphere of crime scene was increased, after the recovery of Hemraj's body from Terrace (Talwar's Residence).

Bedroom | Indoor Crime Scene | Arushi Talwar Murder Case

The initial crime scene was the indoor one, that's the bedroom. Arushi's dead body was found in her bedroom. The body was recovered with multiple stabs wounds. At the initial phase of investigation, police was focusing on bedroom only, out of knowledge that there is another body at terrace. The theory on which the investigation was proceeding, assumed Hemraj Banjade as the culprit, who fled the scene.

Terrace | Outdoor Crime Scene | Arushi Talwar Murder Case

After two days of murder, on May 17, 2008, the dead body of Hemraj was recovered from terrace with multiple stab wounds. Furthermore, the time of death cannot be determined because the body was moved from the initial crime scene and environmental conditions (Warm and humid accelerates the decomposition) (outdoor crime scene).

It is estimated that the time of death was about 1 am to 3 am, however it cannot be fully confirmed due to complications and manhandling of the crime scene.

Crime Scene Reconstruction | Arushi Talwar Murder Case | Theories

After the initiation of Investigation, many theories were emerged with respect to suspects and culprits of the Arushi Talwar Murder Case. The investigators were trying to reconstruct the crime scene based on the theories. However, the case soon took steep turn after recovery of Hemraj's body from terrace. The theories are listed below.

  • 1st Theory: It was first suspected that, the servant Hemraj, killed Arushi Talwar and then fled the crime scene. However, the theory lost its touch after recovery of Hemraj's Body from Terrace.

  • 2nd Theory: Talwars are the innocent, and the killer is outside and still at large.

  • 3rd Theory: Arushi and Hemraj, both were killed by the Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, after they find out about their affairs.

  • 4th Theory: Hemraj was killed the intruder and later, Arushi was killed by her parents in fit of rage.

Investigation | Arushi Talwar Murder Case

The investigation of Arushi Talwar Murder case was proceeded by two parties simultaneously. One was the police and second was the private investigators hired by Talwars.

Police Investigation

The police investigation on this case was under Alok Sharma, Superintend of Police of Noida. The investigators in his team started their investigation with the first theory (assuming Hemraj as the culprit). However, they were not able to find any evidence regarding their suspection.

After two days of Murder, on 17 May 2008, the theory lost its touch with the recovery of Hemraj's body from terrace. Due to lack of evidence, their focus shifted to the Talwars, and suspected them on killing their daughter and servant. In 2013, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, were detained for trails.

The trial lasted for 4 years, from 2013 to 2017. Rajesha and Nupur Talwars were acquitted by Supreme Court on behalf of lack of evidence, but just an uncommon suspection.

Talwar's Private Investigation

While the Police was investigation, meanwhile, Talwars hired their own private investigator unit, led by Rajesh Talwar's brother, Dinesh Talwar.

Just like Police, his investigation also began with the theory that suspects Hemraj was killer.

His investigator unit was not able to conclude anything, and ended up with the lack of evidence and detention of Talwars in 2013.

Evidence | Arushi Talwar Murder Case

From 2013 to 2017, both the prosecution and defense, presented their own evidence to prove their case. These evidence are listed below..

Evidence for Talwar's Involvement in Murder

The evidence against the Talwars was circumstantial and inconclusive. The prosecution's case was based on the following evidence

  • Arushi's body was found with multiple stab wounds.

  • Hemraj's body was found on the terrace of the Talwar residence, several hours later.

  • The Talwars' fingerprints were found on the murder weapons.

  • The Talwars had tried to cover up the crime by destroying evidence.

Evidence against Talwar's Involvement in Murder

The defense's case was based on the following evidence:

  • The Talwars had no motive to kill Arushi.

  • The police had planted evidence against the Talwars.

  • The real killer was still at large.

Court Proceedings | Arushi Talwar Murder Case

The Talwars, were detained in 2013, by police on the grounds of killing their daughter Arushi Talwar and their servant Hemraj Banjade.

The proceeding lasted for 4 years, from 2013 to 2017. During these proceedings, the prosecution and defendants presented their own arguments related to suspection of Talwars in this murder.

In 2017, The Supreme Court of India acquitted the Talwars in 2017 based on the fact that there was not enough evidence to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The Court also found that the police had mishandled the investigation and that the Talwars had been wrongly convicted.

Shortcoming in Handling | Arushi Talwar Murder Case

The case was indeed gone through manhandling, complications delaying in action and improper protection of crime scene. This led to fatal outcomes like tempering of evidence, real killer still at large and injustice with suffered ones.

  • Hemraj's body was found two days after the murder occurred (On 17 May 2008). Hemraj was also stabbed multiple times, but there may be changes of potential evidence on his body like hair, fibers and tissue. But due to late recognition, the evidence got tempered.

  • The environmental condition at that time was warm and humid, this accelerated the decomposition of body. Moreover, the time of death of Hemraj was also not specifically determined.

  • Hemraj's Body was moved from the initial crime scene, which lead the destruction of potential evidence, however, they were already desteroyed due to environmental conditions.

  • The defense of Talwar, alleges police investigator on grounds of manhandling and improper protection of crime scene. They claim that, police framed the fingerprint evidence.

Conclusion | Arushi Talwar Murder Case

The Arushi Talwar Murder case has generated a lot of speculation and debate. Some people believe that the Talwars were innocent, and that the real killer was never caught. Others believe that the Talwars were guilty and that they got away with murder.

There is also a theory that Hemraj was killed by an intruder and that Arushi was killed by her parents in a fit of rage.

The police investigation concluded on suspection of Talwars, behind the murder, however, they don't have any significant evidence, rather than the circumstantial evidence and unreasonable doubt.

Talwars were detained in 2013, the trails lasted for 4 years, till 2017. In 2017, the Supreme court acquitted the Talwars in 2017 based on the fact that there was not enough evidence to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The Court also found that the police had mishandled the investigation and that the Talwars had been wrongly convicted.

Unsolved Questions | Arushi Talwar Murder Case

The Arushi Talwar Murder Case 2008 was not just a case for Noida or Uttar Pradesh, soon it grabs the eyes of all India. This Case encompasses a tragic story that has had a profound impact on the Talwar family and on the people of India.

It is a reminder that

Even in a country with a strong legal system, justice is not always served.

by :- It's Forensic

The Arushi Talwar Murder Case remains unsolved to this day. There are still many unanswered questions about the case, including:

  • Who killed Arushi and Hemraj?

  • Why did they kill them?

  • How did the Talwars get their fingerprints on the murder weapons?

  • Why did the Talwars try to cover up the crime?

The Arushi Talwar Murder Case, despite with lot of efforts and recognition, ends on a sad note. The case remains as an unsolved mystery murder from 2008 to present. We hope, in this world or another, the culprit should pay for the sin he/she committed.

Reference

  • "Forensic DNA Typing" by John M. Butler

  • "The Forensic Casebook: The Science of Crime Scene Investigation" by Ngaire E. Genge

  • "Forensic Science: A Very Short Introduction" by Jim Fraser

  • "Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation" by Ross M. Gardner