A city court on Tuesday convicted senior Haryana police officer R.K. Sharma and three others in the 1999 Shivani Bhatnagar murder case. The court ruled Sharma, a suspended inspector general of police, ordered the killing of Shivani when she threatened to expose their intimate relationship after being ignored by him. Shivani, a journalist, was found murdered at her home in Navkunj Apartments, east Delhi, on January 23, 1999. She was 31 years old then...
The judge found the close relationship between Sharma and Shivani to be the main motive behind the murder. He, however, blasted the defence counsel for raising fingers at Shivani’s character.
“None, particularly the accused, has any right to challenge her (Shivani) personal liberty. Perhaps it shows that we have still not come out of the illusion of male hauvinism,”
the judge said in his over 100-page verdict.