Staff Reporter

Files appeal in the Delhi High Court

Bases his case on several ‘missing links’

NEW DELHI: R. K. Sharma, prime accused in the Shivani Bhatnagar murder case, on Monday challenged his conviction in an appeal filed in the Delhi High Court, submitting that there were several missing links in the chain of circumstances.

Filing the appeal through his counsel Sushil Bajaj, Sharma has sought to base his case on “the missing links”, “fabrication of the call details of the accused persons” and “absence of the call details of the husband of Shivani Bhatnagar of the whole of January 1999 from the case record”.

Indian Express journalist Shivani Bhatnagar was murdered in her Navkunj Apartments flat at I. P. Extension in East Delhi on January 23, 1999.

‘No call details’

The appellant said that no call details of Mr. Bhatnagar of the relevant time period were placed on record which had made the case against him weak.

He further submitted that the prosecution’s case was based on circumstantial evidence and there were several missing links in the chain of circumstances.

The prosecution had in the trial court alleged that R. K. Sharma had provided certain classified documents to Shivani Bhatnagar that had led to her murder by the former as the journalist wanted to make the documents public, the appeal stated. But the trial court had dismissed this contention by the prosecution. However, the court had upheld the prosecution’s allegation that there was an illicit relationship between Sharma and Shivani Bhatnagar for which no evidence was placed on record, the appeal stated.

Sharma further submitted that the call details of the accused persons -- R. K. Sharma, Sri Bhagwan, Pradeep Sharma and Satya Prakash -- were fabricated.

Pradeep Sharma has already filed an appeal against his conviction and the court has admitted the appeal.

A trial court had convicted the four accused to life imprisonment last month.