Bhanwari Devi hearings start today

Last Updated: Mon, Apr 02, 2012 09:21 hrs

Jodhpur, Apr 2 (IBNS) A Jodhpur court will start regular hearings from Monday in the Bhanwari Devi murder case.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Feb 29 filed its second chargesheet in the court in connection to the case.

The probe agency named 13 people in the chargesheet that include former Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna and Congress Members of Legislature (MLA) Malkhan Singh.

The CBI charged Maderna with murder, abduction, criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence.

Amarchand, the husband of the murdered midwife nurse, was accused of conspiracy and chargesheeted.

Earlier, two Congress leaders Malkhan Singh and Mahipal Maderna were arrested in connection to the murder of the midwife nurse.

The Bhanwari Devi case has already created a turbulence in Rajasthan´s political paradigm.

The Jodhpur Police in September had registered a case of rape, murder and criminal conspiracy against Mahipal Maderna in the case of the missing Dalit nurse.

The case was filed after a Bilara trial court directed Rajasthan Police to probe alleged role of Maderna in the case.

Maderna allegedly had an affair with Bhanwari Devi as CDs that were recovered by CBI showed the minister and the nurse in a compromising position.

Malkhan Singh was also seen in a compromising position with Bhanwari Devi in the CD along with Maderna.

Maderna was dropped from the Ashok Gehlot cabinet on Oct 16.

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