Following is the chronology in the Shivani Bhatnagar murder case in which former top cop RK Sharma and three others were pronounced guilty by a city court on Tuesday.
January 23, 1999 Shivani Bhatnagar, principal correspondent of Indian Express, murdered in her east Delhi apartment while she was with her infant son
July 30, 2002 Delhi Police arrest accused Sri Bhagwan
August 3, 2002 Delhi Police arrest accused Pradeep Sharma
August 7, 2002 Court issues non-bailable warrant against RK Sharma
August 8, 2002 Madhu Sharma, wife of RK Sharma claims her husband is 'totally innocent' and demands a CBI probe to unravel the truth
August 14, 2002 Sharma removed from the post of IG (Prisons) for failing to join duty after expiry of his leave
August 15, 2002 Madhu Sharma alleges then union communication minister Pramod Mahajan is involved in Shivani's murder. Mahajan refutes the allegations and says that he shared a purely professional relationship with Shivani.
August 16, 2002 Delhi Police gives clean chit to Pramod Mahajan
August 17, 2002 Delhi Police arrest accused Satya Prakash from Faridabad
August 18, 2002 Delhi Police arrest accused Ved Sharma from Gurgaon
September 27, 2002 RK Sharma surrenders in Ambala court
October 25, 2003 Police file chargesheet in the case
March 3, 2003 Court frames charges against all the accused.
March 20, 2003 Trial begins in the case as accused plead not guilty and claim trial
January 23, 2006 Trial shifted to a fast track court
August 14, 2007 Final arguments in the case begin
March 5, 2008 Court reserves the order for March 18
March 18, 2008 Court pronounced Sharma and three others guilty.