03 December, 2020

FORGOTTEN NEWSMAKERS! Charged For Murder Of A Scribe, Top Cop RK Sharma Is Home Alone

A batchmate of former IPS officer RK Sharma says he turned into a recluse after the murder of journalist Shivani Bhatnagar, and has been living at his home in Panchkula in Haryana since his acquittal.

Cop vs Scribe
Sharma was convicted and later acquitted in the Shivani Bhatnagar murder case
FORGOTTEN NEWSMAKERS! Charged For Murder Of A Scribe, Top Cop RK Sharma Is Home Alone

Shivani Bhatnagar, a journalist with the Indian Express, was stabbed and strangled in her Delhi apartment on January 23, 1999. Ravi Kant Sharma, a senior IPS officer of the Haryana cadre became the prime accused in the case. He went into hiding for about two months, but later surrendered to the Delhi Police. The case became one of the most high-profile murder cases ever, with the name of even a central government minister cropping up during the course of its media life. Sharma’s wife, Madhu, accused BJP leader Pramod Mahajan of being the conspirator behind the murder.

Sharma, a 1976-batch officer, had been in the PMO under I.K. Gujral, and had an otherwise excellent service ­record. He was ­convicted of the ­murder along with three others by a trial court in 2008.

Three years later, he and two others were ­acquitted by the Delhi High Court, which upheld the conviction of the fourth...



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