Wednesday, May 21, 2003, Chandigarh, India


M A I N   N E W S

Mother alleges emotional blackmail
Says R.K. Sharma made her sign blank papers
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 20
The domestic feud between the wife and mother of former Inspector-General of Haryana Police and accused in the Shivani Bhatnagar murder case, Ravi Kant Sharma, reached a boiling point with the cop’s mother, Mrs Kamla Sharma, accusing her son’s family of siphoning off her money and making her sign some blank documents.

The 82-year-old widow, Mrs Kamla Sharma, also accused her daughter-in-law, Madhu Sharma, and younger granddaughter, Komal Sharma, of trying to keep her away from her house in Sector 6 here. “The doors of the house which my husband had painstakingly built for me are now closed for me. In the last days of my life, when I am looking for peace, I have been turned out of my house and forced to seek shelter and support with my daughter, Sudha Joshi”, she said.

Accusing her son of emotionally blackmailing her when she went to meet him in Tihar Jail, Mrs Kamla Sharma said that she was made to sign some documents. “Even when he came out on parole to attend his daughter’s wedding, he made me sign some blank documents. His attitude towards me was not very good and when I told him to ask Madhu to vacate the house, he tried to evade the topic,” she told reporters while addressing a press conference at her daughter’s house in Manimajra today.

Mrs Sharma alleged that fixed deposits and some units worth Rs 2.5 lakh, which were in her name, have also been taken away by Madhu and Ravi Kant. “He opened a joint bank account in my and Madhu’s name, and they have siphoned off all money from these accounts. I am now left with no money and my daughter has to pay for all my needs,” she alleged. It may be mentioned that Mrs Sharma had moved out of her house last year, after Ravi Kant had been named as an accused in the Shivani murder case.

Mrs Sharma said that she feared her will had been changed by her son and his family. It may be noted that Mrs Sharma had changed her will in August last year when Ravi Kant was on the run, and bequeathed all her movable and immovable assets to her daughter, Sudha Joshi. In her first will, she had bequeathed her property to Ravi Kant. “The documents that he (Ravi Kant) had made me sign could be a will and this could have been registered anywhere,” she said.

She said that she wanted nothing more than her house — Gobind Niwas — in Sector 6 here. “I have suffered two heart attacks in the recent past. I have no strength left in me to move the court. But if they do not vacate my house, I will write to the Chief Minister, Haryana and DGP, Haryana, and urge them to restore my house to me,” she said.

Answering queries on who she would stay with if her house was vacated by Ravi Kant’s family, she said her neighbours would give her company. “I don’t want anyone else there,” she said.

Asked if she had ever known of her son’s involvement with journalist Shivani Bhatnagar, she said she was unaware of it. “But my husband had not taken it well when Ravi’s name had first appeared in the murder case.” In an emotionally charged voice Kamla Sharma also said that Madhu herself could be behind Shivani’s murder.

Meanwhile, while talking to TNS over the telephone from New Delhi, Madhu Sharma, while denying all allegations levelled against her and her husband, said: “An old woman is being used by a greedy relative to get control over the family property and demean our family. I just feel bad for my husband, who has been the best son to his mother. She (Kamla Sharma) has not been turned out, but she comes to the house regularly to collect her belongings.”

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