Bhanwari Devi: Cops to file status report

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will on Thursday file its status report in the case of the missing Dalit nurse and small-time actor Bhanwari Devi in a Jodhpur High Court.

Last Updated: Nov 03, 2011, 09:09 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will on Thursday file its status report in the case of the missing Dalit nurse and small-time actor Bhanwari Devi in a Jodhpur High Court.

The suspected kidnapping and murder of Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) Bhanwari Devi has unleashed a political storm in the state politics since it involves a number of ministes belonging to the ruling Congress government led by Ashok Gehlot.

On September 26, the Rajasthan government had filed a status report in the Jodhpur High Court on its probe into the suspected kidnapping and murder of Bhanwari Devi.

The government was then instructed by the HC to expedite the investigation into the case.

The court had earlier admitted a habeas corpus petition filed by Bhanwari Devi’s husband and issued notices to the Home Secretary and senior police officers in this connection.

A Division Bench comprising Justices CM Totla and Sangeet Lodha had asked the police to submit a report pertaining to the progress of investigations into the missing woman case at the earliest.
The habeas corpus petition was filed by Amarchand, husband of Bhanwari Devi who went missing on September 1.

Amarchand had alleged involvement of a powerful minister Mahipal Maderana 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 matter.

Bhanwari Devi, 36, was posted as ANM at a sub-centre in Jaliwada village when she went missing.

On September 15, the Rajasthan government had referred the case to the CBI.