New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought
dismissed IPS officer R K Sharma`s response on a Delhi police
plea challenging his acquittal in the Shivani Bhatnagar murder
A bench of justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Prakash Desai
issued notices also to Sri Bhagwan and Satya Prakash, who too
were acquitted by the Delhi High Court in the sensational 1999
murder of the Indian Express scribe in her East Delhi flat.
The city police has challenged the October 12, 2011
verdict of the high court, which had acquitted Sharma and two
others, giving them the benefit of doubt.
Additional Solicitor General Haren Raval contended that
the high court had ignored important circumstantial evidence
based on telephonic records in deciding the case.
The high court had only upheld the conviction of Pradeep
Sharma, one of the four persons, found guilty by the trial
The high court had said although the motive behind the
killing of the scribe was unclear, it raised questions whether
Pradeep Sharma acted alone or at the behest of R K Sharma and
others or at the instance of someone else.
The high court bench of Justices B D Ahmed and Manmohan
Singh had said the prosecution has failed to establish the
link between R K Sharma and the killer and even the crucial
records relating to the call details were tampered with and
could not be relied upon.
"These are questions which we cannot answer on the basis
of the material before us. The quality of evidence before us
is not of high calibre," the high court had said, adding that
the call records, the key documents, were riddled with so many
problems that they could not be relied upon.