Bhanwari case: Reward of 5 lakh on another suspect

Mahipal Maderna, who is being questioned by CBI here in Bhanwari Devi abduction case, is "not cooperating" with the agency,

New Delhi: Sacked Rajasthan Minister Mahipal
Maderna, who is being questioned by CBI here in Bhanwari
Devi abduction case, is "not cooperating" with the agency,
prompting it to evaluate possibility of subjecting him to
scientific tests.

Taking the probe further, CBI also announced a reward of
Rs five lakh for any information leading to the arrest of
another suspect Bishna Ram Bishnoi, who allegedly played an
important role in the disappearance of nurse Bhanwari in

Rajasthan Police has already announced a reward on Bishnoi
who is wanted in other cases.

The CBI brought Maderna to Delhi from Jodhpur yesterday
for questining but agency sources said that the 59-year-old
MLA remains uncooperative on crucial questions posed by the

polygraphic test and braing mapping on him, the sources said.

To carry out these tests, the agency would require
Maderna`s consent and court`s permission. As per the norms,
the denial of consent would be held against Maderna at the
charge sheet stage.

Maderna was arrested on Friday in Jodhpur by the CBI along
with Parasram Bishnoi, the brother of Congress MLA Malkhan
Singh, hours after it filed charge sheet against three other
arrested accused. He was sent to CBI custody till December 9
by the Jodhpur court. A day after Maderna`s arrest, CBI
officials had alleged that they were being threatened.

Meanwhile, the Rajasthan High Court has stayed the
permission of a lower court to conduct a voice test on accused
Sohan Lal Bishnoi to verify the authenticity of some audio
clips related to Bhanwari.

The clips have voices of Sohan Lal and another accused
Shahbuddin, both currently under judicial custody.

Shahbuddin, Baliya and Sohanlal have been chargesheeted by
the agency. Magistrate Kailash Chandra Joshi issued the direction on
application of Bishnoi, challenging the CBI court`s approval
to conduct the test.

Bhanwari, posted as an auxiliary nurse midwife at a sub-
centre in Jaliwada village, went missing on September 1 after
a CD allegedly showing Maderna in a compromising position with
her was circulated.

Maderna, who represents Osian Assembly constituency, was
sacked from the Cabinet on October 16 by Chief Minister Ashok
Gehlot after his name cropped up in the case.


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