Bhanwari case: Maderna skips CBI grilling

Zeenews Bureau 

Jaipur: Sacked state minister Mahipal Maderna accused in Bhanwari Devi abduction case on Saturday submitted a medical certificate to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), expressing inability to appear before the investigating agency. 

Maderna was scheduled to be questioned by the investigating agency. The minister was on Friday grilled in Bhanwari case by the CBI which also questioned his wife and Congress MLA Malkhan Singh Bishnoi even as the agency filed a status report on its probe in the Rajasthan High Court.  Meanwhile, the CBI continued interrogating Malkhan Singh Bishnoi in relation with Bhanwari Devi case.

Bhanwari Maderna CD shows sex between two and intentionally video-recorded by Bhanwari dev itself. Bhanwari shown to remove her clothes and after having non-moral activities with ex minister Mr. Maderna. 

Congress MLA Malkhan Singh, who represents Luni constituency in Rajasthan Assembly, was quizzed by the CBI followed by Maderna at its local office on Friday, a day after the former minister admitted to the agency that he knew Bhanwari, who was employed as an Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) at a sub-centre in Jaliwada village, around 120 km from here. 

Maderna's wife Lila and Malkan's sister Indira were also called at circuit house in the city for questioning. 

After two hours of questioning, Indira was taken to the CBI office where she was grilled along with Malkhan and Maderna. 

A CD allegedly showing Maderna and Malkhan in compromising position with the 36-year-old Bhanwari, had come to light after she went missing from Jodhpur's Bilara area on September 1. 

Sources said it is believed that Bhanwari Devi was introduced to Maderna some years back by Malkhan. 

Indira had been questioned earlier by the CBI and had told the media that Bhanwari wanted a "settlement of the deal" with former Water Resources minister Maderna and she had approached even the Pali MP Badri Ram Jakhar.  Maderna was sacked from Cabinet by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on October 16. 

Earlier in the day, the CBI filed a status report of the case in a sealed envelope before the Rajasthan High Court bench of Justices Govind Mathur and NK Jain here. 

The CBI also requested the court to provide a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) rank police officer to assist it in searching Bhanwari Devi but the court advised the agency to first approach the state government on the issue. 

However, the court said that if the government does not take any action in this regard the court can interfere. 

The court was hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by Amarchand, the husband of Bhanwari Devi. Amarchand had alleged that she was abducted at the behest of Maderna who denied the charge. 

The next hearing in the matter has been scheduled on November 14.

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