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Top policeman convicted of murder
RK Sharma
Mr Sharma worked in the prime minister's office
A senior Indian policeman, Ravi Kant Sharma, has been found guilty of murdering a journalist of the Indian Express newspaper.

Shivani Bhatnagar was found strangled in her flat in the capital, Delhi, in January 1999.

Mr Sharma and three others found guilty of the murder are due to be sentenced on Thursday.

After Ms Bhatnagar's death, Mr Sharma absconded before giving himself up in September 2002.

The case created a sensation when Mr Sharma's wife accused a late former minister of having a relationship with the journalist.

The court was told that Mr Sharma and Ms Bhatnagar had a relationship, and the latter had threatened to come out in the open about it.

The judge said this appeared to be the motive for the murder.

Mr Sharma maintained his innocence throughout the trial.

Mr Sharma's wife, Madhu, told reporters that the late former federal minister Pramod Mahajan was "involved" in the murder and that he had been in a relationship with the journalist.

Mr Mahajan had denied the allegations and described them as "absurd".

Mr Sharma was a senior police officer in Haryana state.



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