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A city court on Saturday framed penal charges against five persons for allegedly killing TV journalist Soumya Vishwanathan in September 2008.  

The court, which would start recording depositions of witnesses from April 23, said there was sufficient evidence to prosecute key accused Ravi Kapoor under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act (MCOCA) for running a syndicate of car-jacking.  

Kapoor, along with Baljeet Singh Malik, Amit Shukla and Ajay Kumar, has also been charged under Sections 302 (murder) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC.  

Fifth accused Ajay Sethi has been charged under mild penal provisions dealing with keeping stolen property.  

After the hearing, the counsel for the accused said he would move the High Court against the charges as the trial court ignored glaring lapses in the chargesheet filed by the police

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