Jodhpur: The Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday
admitted a habeas corpus petition filed by the husband of
missing Bhanwari Devi and issued notices to the Home Secretary
and senior police officers in this connection.
A Division Bench comprising justices C M Totla and
Sangeet Lodha asked the police to submit a report pertaining
to the progress of investigations into the missing woman case
by September 22.
The habeas corpus petition was filed by Amarchand,
husband of Bhanwari Devi who went missing on September one.
The husband had alleged involvement of a Minister in the
disappearance of Devi.
Admitting the habeas corpus petition, the Bench issued
notices to the Home Secretary, IGP (Jodhpur Range), SP
(Jodhpur rural) and other police officers.
Counsel for the petitioner argued the police were not
investigating the case fairly and were trying to hush up the
The High Court directed Public Prosecutor Barkat Khan
Mehar to ensure that the Investigation Officer remains present
in the court at the next hearing.
Bhanwari Devi, 36, was posted as Auxiliary Nurse Midwife
at a sub-centre in Jaliwada village when she went missing.
On September 15, the Rajasthan government had referred
the case to the CBI.