A CBI court in Ghaziabad has held three persons guilty, and separately charged them under different sections of the IPC for abduction, criminal conspiracy, extortion and murder of a woman lecturer of Chaudhary Charan Singh University (CCS) in Meerut on October 24, 2006. One of the accused was acquitted for the lack of evidence.
It also ordered that former UP minister Mairajuddin Ahmed be tried for perjury.
Kavita Chaudhary (Kavita Rani) had gone missing in Oct 2006 and the case was transferred to CBI in January 2007.
According to the chargesheet filed by the CBI, one Ravinder Pradhan had encouraged Chaudhary to video record her intimate moments with senior educationists and political leaders and to later blackmail them.
However, Chaudhury got furious after Pradhan paid her only Rs 4 lakh out of the extorted Rs 35 lakh. Pradhan then hatched a conspiracy to get rid of her and involved his domestic help Ravinder Singh, and another accused Sultan Singh.
Pradhan and his accomplices were arrested based on several letters recovered from the hostel room of the victim. In the trial stage of the case, Pradhan died under mysterious circumstances inside Dasna prison in Ghaziabad in May, 2008.
Moreover, Chaudhury's body is yet to be recovered.