The quantum of punishment would be pronounced on Thursday. Additional Sessions Judge R K Shastri, while pronouncing the verdict, also acquitted Ved Prakash Sharma and Ved alias Kalu. The court found Sharma and other three convicts guilty of charges under sections 302, 120(b) and 201. R K Sharma, a Haryana-cadre IPS officer, was facing trial for allegedly conspiring with five others-- Sri Bhagwan, Ved Prakash Sharma, Pradeep Sharma, Satya Prakash and Ved alias Kalu-- to get Shivani Bhatnagar killed on January 23, 1999. The five-year-long trial saw 51 out of 209 witnesses turn hostile.
R K Sharma and the deceased journalist had developed an intimate relationship but after some time differences cropped up between them.