The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear the Central Bureau of Investigation’s appeal challenging the Allahabad High Court’s decision to acquit Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar of the murder of their daughter Aarushi Talwar and employee Hemraj in 2008.

A bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued a notice to the dentist couple, and tagged the investigating agency’s appeal with the one filed by Hemraj’s wife Khumkala Banjade, LiveLaw reported.

The Central Bureau of Investigation moved the Supreme Court in March after the Law Ministry granted the agency permission to challenge the Talwars’ acquittal. The ministry advised the agency to file a special leave petition in the Supreme Court. In its petition, the CBI said the High Court’s clean chit to Talwars was wrong on “many counts”.

Hemraj’s wife moved the top court in December, saying the High Court had accepted that her husband was murdered and so the CBI must investigate the case. “We have come to the Supreme Court for justice... the High Court freed them [Talwars], they are killers...they should be punished,” she had said in December.

The Allahabad High Court pronounced its verdict in October after pointing out loopholes in the CBI’s investigation. The Talwars were released from Dasna jail in Ghaziabad a few days later.

On May 16, 2008, Aarushi Talwar was found murdered inside her bedroom in the Talwars’ flat in Noida. The police initially suspected Hemraj of being the murderer but found his decomposed body inside a locked room on the terrace a day later. The police then began to suspect the Talwars and said Rajesh Talwar had murdered the two after finding them in an “objectionable” position.