Jodhpur: The CBI today told the Rajasthan
High Court that it was receiving threats and its witnesses in
the Bhanwari Devi case were being forced to turn hostile.
Agency counsel Panne Singh, during the hearing of the
habeas corpus petition filed by Amarchand, husband of Bhanwari
Devi, told the court that the CBI has done a fair
investigation in this case, in which many influential
politicians were involved.
"Out of 17 accused, 16 have been arrested and one is
absconding, attempts to arrest whom are going on. But the CBI
is constantly under pressure because of the involvement of
high-profile persons and the witnesses are also being
threatened thereby affecting the investigation," Singh said in
a statement before the court.
Some key witnesses have also gone missing due to this
pressure, he added.
However, the division bench comprising Justice Govind
Mathur and Justice K C Joshi asked him to submit an affidavit
in the court instead of being vocal in his statements and
problems and deferred the hearing till February 27.
Before this, the Additional Advocate General Anand
Purohit pleaded the court to declare the petition in
But in absence of the charge-sheet and written submission
confirming that corpus is no more, the court refused to grant
the plea of the AAG.
The agency had told the court in the previous hearing
last month that midwife Bhanwari Devi is no more and requested
the court to quash the habeas corpus petition filed by
The court, however, refused to quash the petition and
asked CBI to produce the final report on February 21.