Wednesday, September 4, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Ravi Kant arrested, fears wife
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 3
Ms Madhu Sharma, wife of IG Ravi Kant Sharma, main accused in the Shivani Bhatnagar murder case, today said she apprehended her husband has been picked up by the Delhi police.

At an impromptu press conference, Ms. Sharma , flanked by her two daughters — Pragati and Komal — said she received a call at her sister’s residence in Delhi yesterday that Ravi Kant had been picked up by the Delhi police. “Since they have been illegally detaining almost all suspects, I fear for his (Ravi Kant’s )safety,” she said.

She said her husband had not been in touch with his lawyers in Delhi since August 17. “If he does not get in touch with his lawyer by tomorrow or whenever the verdict on his bail application before the Delhi High Court is pronounced, we will be forced to take legal recourse,” she stated.

Accusing the Delhi police of trying to intimidate them, she said they had been following her all over Delhi, during her three-day stay. “Cops on a motor cycle were permanently deployed outside my sister’s residence in Gulmohar Park in South Delhi. They would follow us wherever we went, even at eateries and coffee shops. Even today, when we left Delhi, an autorickshaw carrying cops followed us till the Delhi border,” added Pragati Sharma, elder daughter of IG Ravi Kant.

They alleged that two white Maruti cars (DL-4CN-6070 and DL-4C-5548) and a black mobike (9517) with Delhi cops, followed them from Delhi to Shahabad. “We immediately informed our lawyer in Delhi and also called up relatives in Shahabad to meet us at a rest house there. It was only when we stopped by there that the police stopped following us,” said Ms Madhu Sharma.

She said that she had asked her relatives to come here and stay with them as they feared for their personal safety. We are also thinking of hiring private security, they said. They were reacting to round-the-clock surveillance by the Delhi police at their Sector 6 residence here. At least seven Delhi cops have been deployed outside their residence here since last evening.

Rubbishing the claims of the Delhi police that they had been spotted in Delhi, Madhu Sharma said it was a figment of their (Delhi police’s) imagination. 


Sharma in India, says police
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 3
Contrary to the media reports published today that Mr Ravi Kant Sharma prime accused in the journalist Shivani Bhatnagar murder case, had fled the country, the Delhi Police Crime Branch today clarified that the Haryana cadre senior IPS officer was in India and whatever the prosecutor told the court on Monday was just a “passing reference between two lawyers.”

Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Qamar Ahmed told reporters today that “the media had misquoted the conversation between the two lawyers in the High court.” “Investigations are still on and the Delhi Police will catch Sharma very soon,” he added.

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