Bhanwari case: CBI’s threat charge to be probed

The Rajasthan HC directed the state govt to take action over the allegations made by the CBI that its officials were being threatened.

Updated: Feb 28, 2012, 13:22 PM IST

Jodhpur: The Rajasthan High Court on Monday
directed the state government to take action over the
allegations made by the CBI that its officials were being
threatened and the witnesses pressurized to retract from their
statements in Bhanwari Devi murder case.

The division bench comprising Justices Govind Mathur and
NK Jain-II directed the Rajasthan government to consider the
applications of the CBI and take action by March 2.

"The government has to take action by March 2 and report
to this effect is to be produced before the court on March 3,"
state`s counsel Pradhyuman Singh told reporters here.
He said a complaint of threat has already been given to
the police by the CBI.

The court, during the hearing of the habeas corpus of
Bhanwari Devi`s husband Amarchand, also directed to consider
the request of the CBI to shift former minister Mahipal
Maderna and MLA Malkhan Singh Bishnoi, both of whom are key
accused, to some other jail separately.

The court said the allegations made by the CBI were of
serious nature and need to be looked into by the state
government in order to ensure the objectivity of the probe.

The CBI counsel Panne Singh produced an affidavit today,
which claimed that the agency has been facing obstacles as
"the high and mighty accused" are involved in the case, who
are exercising every possible trick to influence the
witnesses, threaten the officials and scuttle the probe.

The agency said both the key accused belong to prominent
communities and have been mobilising support to influence the
witnesses and have filed frivolous petition in different
courts to hamper the investigation.

"Consequently, four important witnesses have gone on
hiding due to the pressure on them despite appearing before
the CBI a couple of times for interrogation," a CBI official
said, adding that Sahi Ram Bishnoi and Umesha Ram Bishnoi have
already retracted their statements.

Meanwhile, the SC/ST court rejected the interim bail
application of Malkhan Singh Bishnoi.

He had moved an application in the ADJ court after the
CBI court rejected the bail application, which shifted the
matter to the SC/ST court.