RK Sharma, was this week sentenced to life in jail by a Delhi court for the murder of journalist Shivani Bhatnagar in 1999.Sharma and three others — Pradeep Sharma, Sri Bhagwan and Satya Prakash — were convicted of murder and criminal conspiracy on March 18. Two other accused were acquitted for want of evidence.Bhatnagar, an Indian Express journalist, was found strangled in her flat in the Indian capital.
The court said there was strong circumstantial evidence, including phone records, that indicated Sharma conspired with the other three to murder Bhatnagar.
The prosecution said Sharma, who was romantically involved with Bhatnagar, hatched the murder plot after the journalist threatened to spill the beans about their relationship.Sharma was a senior police officer in northern Haryana. He absconded after Bhatnagar’s death but gave himself up to the police in 2002.His attorney said he would be lodging an appeal with the Supreme Court.
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