Saturday, August 10, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Shivani murder case
Volte-face by Madhu Sharma
Denies hinting at Advani, Swami 
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 9
In a volte-face, Ms Madhu Sharma, wife of Haryana Inspector-General of Police (Prisons) Ravi Kant Sharma, today categorically denied that she had hinted at either Mr L.K. Advani or Mr I.D. Swami being behind the “hideous political power game in the Home Ministry” to implicate Mr Ravi Kant Sharma in the Shivani murder case.

Making a brief appearance before mediapersons in front of her house, she said she had not hinted at any minister being behind the controversy to frame her husband. She said “it was Home Ministry and the excesses being committed by the ministry which were responsible for the implication of my husband in this case.”

She had yesterday accused the Delhi police of conspiring against her husband at the instance of the Union Home Ministry. Without naming the leaders, she had urged the Prime Minister to restrain the Home Ministry and the Delhi police who, she alleged, wanted Ravi Kant to name a particular section of the ruling party.

In an answer to a question, she admitted that Shivani was known to them, but refused to answer any further questions.

Meanwhile, a Delhi police team came down here in order to track down Ms Madhu Sharma.

In the Daily Diary Report (DDR), the investigating team have made a statement that they went to the residence of the IG to serve non-bailable warrants. The report stated that the team was told by the security guard on duty that Ms Madhu Sharma was at home. However, when they rang the door bell, the cook came out to be followed by Komal Sharma, younger daughter of Mr Sharma. The two told them that Madhu Sharma did not wish to speak to the police. It was then that they left the house. They then vested the powers for the execution of warrants to the local police under Section 41.1 (3) G of the Cr PC.

Ms Madhu Sharma, however, said she was not at her residence till 1 pm and that nobody from the Delhi police had approached her.

The regular bail petition of IG Ravi Kant Sharma would come up for hearing in the court of the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Bhangoo, here tomorrow.

UNI adds from New Delhi: The Union Information Technology Minister, Mr Pramod Mahajan, today said it was for the Home Ministry to decide whether to order a CBI probe into the Shivani murder case, as sought by Ms Madhu Sharma.

“Home Ministry will decide which case is to be handed over to the CBI for investigation,” Mr Mahajan said reacting to a question on the suitability of a CBI probe into Shivani murder case.

Meanwhile, a Delhi court today adjourned the Shivani Bhatnagar murder case and directed the Investigating Officer (IO) to appear before it with all documents relating to investigation on August 12.

Admitting the application filed by advocate Surat Singh on behalf of accused Sri Bhagwan Sharma, Additional Sessions Judge OP Gupta said, “It would be proper to direct the Additional Public Prosecutor to present the IO at 10 a.m. on August 12 with the file.”

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