New Delhi: Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were not released from Ghaziabad's Dasna Jail as the Allahabad High Court order acquitting them did not reach the prison authorities until late Friday afternoon.
The duo was acquitted on Thursday in the 2008 double murder case of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj for lack of evidence.
It has now been learnt that the earliest they could walk free out of prison is now Monday.
The prison officials said that they had not received a copy of the high court order and could initiate the release procedure only after getting the same
The copy of the ruling will first be sent to the special CBI court in Ghaziabad that had convicted them in 2013 and whose order was overruled by the Allahabad High Court
Following this, the certified copy will reach Dasna prison and the procedure to release Nupur and Rajesh Talwar begin thereafter.
Speaking to mediapersons, Talwars' lawyer Aditya Wadhwa said, "It is unlikely that they will be released today (Friday). And with Saturday and Sunday being holidays, we think they may be released now earliest only on Monday."
According to prison rules, a certified copy of the order is required to initiate the elaborate paperwork.
Earlier, the defence lawyers had hinted an official fax would expedite the process.
"We have to accept two sureties - each of Nupur and Rajesh - which have been sent to the trial court.
The court will then send the release order to Dasna prison", they said. It is up to the discretion of the trial court then to consider further details into the matter.
According to lawyer Satyaketu Singh, who contested the case at the CBI court in Ghaziabad, the Talwars could not be released on Friday as to file for their release, a certified copy of the judgment was required.