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Chronology of Shivani Bhatnagar murder case


New Delhi : Following is the chronology in the Shivani Bhatnagar murder case in which former top cop R.K. Sharma and three others were pronounced guilty by a city court Tuesday.

Jan 23, 1999 Shivani Bhatnagar, principal correspondent of Indian Express, murdered in her east Delhi apartment while she was with her infant son

July 30, 2002 Delhi Police arrest accused Sri Bhagwan

Aug 3, 2002 Delhi Police arrest accused Pradeep Sharma

Aug 7, 2002 Court issues non-bailable warrant against R.K. Sharma

Aug 8, 2002 Madhu Sharma, wife of R.K. Sharma claims her husband is ‘totally innocent’ and demands a CBI probe to unravel the truth

Aug 14, 2002 Sharma removed from the post of IG (Prisons) for failing to join duty after expiry of his leave

Aug 15, 2002 Madhu Sharma alleges then union communication minister Pramod Mahajan is involved in Shivani’s murder. Mahajan refutes the allegations and says that he shared a purely professional relationship with Shivani.

Aug 16, 2002 Delhi Police gives clean chit to Pramod Mahajan

Aug 17, 2002 Delhi Police arrest accused Satya Prakash from Faridabad

Aug 18, 2002 Delhi Police arrest accused Ved Sharma from Gurgaon

Sep 27, 2002 R.K. Sharma surrenders in Ambala court

Oct 25, 2003 Police file chargesheet in the case

March 3, 2003 Court frames charges against all the accused.

March 20, 2003 Trial begins in the case as accused plead not guilty and
claim trial

Jan 23, 2006 Trial shifted to a fast track court

Aug 14, 2007 Final arguments in the case begin

March 5, 2008 Court reserves the order for March 18

March 18, 2008 Court pronounced Sharma and three others guilty.