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Jun 18, 2007 at 05:53am IST

CBI files chargesheet in Kavita case

New Delhi: The CBI has filed a chargesheet in a Ghaziabad court in the Kavita Rani Chaudhry murder case, charging the five accused with blackmail and murder.

Chaudhry, a Meerut university lecturer, had gone missing in October last year. Prime accused Ravindhra Pradhan had confessed to the murder soon after.

Kavita is alleged to have blackmailed several politicians.

Earlier Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav had ruled out a CBI probe in the Kavita Rani murder case. He however said, that no minister in his government would be spared if found guilty.

The Uttar Pradesh Police had declared that Kavita Rani - a lecturer at the Chaudhary Charan Singh University - was murdered over sharing of booty and for blackmailing of a former state minister.

The police had held a press conference where Ravindra Pradhan had confessed to the murder.

Pradhan alleged Kavita was troubling him for a higher share in the Rs 35 lakh they had blackmailed former state irrigation minister Meerajuddin into giving them.

Pradhan alleged that Meerajuddin, a leader of the Rashtriya Lok Dal, was captured on camera in a compromising position in his bedroom in Lucknow.

Twenty-nine-year-old Kavita was a lecturer at the Lalit Kala Department of the Chaudhary Charan Singh University and had disappeared on October 23, 2006.