Allahabad HC's Decision In Aarushi Murder Case Sparks Debate Over CBI's Degrading Conviction Rate

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| October 12 , 2017 , 18:52 IST

As Allahabad High Court set aside the special CBI court's conviction of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, who have been accused of killing their 14 years old daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, the conviction rate of the probing agency has once again made it into the limelight.

Four years after the CBI court convicted and sentenced the couple to life imprisonment in the Aarushi-Hemraj Murder case, a division bench of Justices BK Narayana and AK Mishra in Allahabad high court has acquitted them.

The court highlighted the loopholes in CBI's investigation and verdict saying that the couple could not be held guilty on the basis of mere suspicion and circumstantial evidence.

The incident has once again sparked the debate over the conviction rate of the country's top investigation agency.

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The issue last came to light months back when Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh told the Lok Sabha that the conviction rate of CBI dipped from 69 percent in 2014 to 66.8 in 2016.

Earlier in April, the minister told the lower house that the conviction rate of CBI was 69.02 percent in 2014, although it took a steep dip to 65.1 percent in 2015, the year 2016 has seen development in the situation with a conviction rate of 66.8 percent.

Singh had said that in order to ensure better conviction rate, the government had taken various measures for improving the functioning of the CBI which, inter alia, includes modernisation of the CBI, enhanced quality of training, upgradation of infrastructure, creation of additional posts of public prosecutors, modernisation of CFSL etc.

Frustrated with the CBI's attitude, Mr Talwar had in 2011 criticised the investigation agency saying, "I cannot understand this kind of investigative agency. I have no words for them."

The Talwar couple have spent the last four years serving the imprisonment sentence in Dasna Jail.