CBI files 2nd status report in Bhanwari case

Agency claims to have made significant progress

Additional advocate general Anand Purohit, appearing for the investigating agency before the bench of Govind Mathur and N K Jain (II), requested the court for a private hearing to which the court agreed.

He informed the court that  “significant progress” has been made in the case and the investigation is at a critical stage.

During the hearing on the habeas corpus petition filed by the husband of Bhanwari Devi, the CBI submitted the status report in a sealed envelope.

The court then fixed the next date of hearing on December 15. The CBI had filed its first status report  on November 11.

After the hearing, Purohit told reporters that a report having “positive” conclusion in the matter would be submitted in the case in the next hearing.

Thirty-six-year-old Bhanwari Devi, was an auxiliary nurse midwife at a sub-centre at Jaliwada village in Jodhpur district.

She has been missing since September 1 and her husband Amar Chand has alleged that she was kidnapped at the behest of Maderna, who has been quizzed twice by the CBI.

A CD allegedly showing Maderna in a compromising position with Bhanwari Devi had come to light after she went missing from Jodhpur’s Bilara area.

The CBI has so far grilled several people including Maderna, his wife Leela Maderna, ruling party MLA Malkhan Singh and others.

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