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Shivani case: R K Sharma, 3 others get life term
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | March 24, 2008 14:32 IST
Last Updated: March 24, 2008 15:25 IST
Suspended inspector general of police Ravi Kant Sharma was on Monday sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi court for the murder of journalist Shivani Bhatnagar on January 23, 1999. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on him.
The court had on March 18 held Sharma guilty of hatching the conspiracy to murder Shivani, who had allegedly threatened to expose the suspended IPS officer's alleged involvement in leaking classified documents to her, nine years ago.
Coverage: Shivani Bhatnagar Case
Three co-accused -- Sri Bhagwan Sharma, Pradeep Sharma and Satya [Images] Prakash -- were also held guilty for executing the suspended police official's plot to kill Shivani. Two accused -- Ved Prakash Sharma and Ved Prakash alias Kalu -- were acquitted for want of evidence.
Special public prosecutor S K Saxena had sought death penalty for R K Sharma and Pradeep. The prosecution had also sought life imprisonment for Sri Bhagwan and Satya Prakash.