Bhanwari case probe moving in right direction: CBI

Jaipur: The CBI on Saturday said the investigation into the Bhanwari Devi case was moving in the right direction and the agency was trying to ascertain whether the missing nurse was alive.

"Investigation into the Bhanwari Devi missing case is heading in right direction. Once we get exact status of Devi (whether she is alive or dead) we will shift our focus on all those involved in the matter," a CBI spokesperson said here.

Former Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna, a key accused, has not been summoned yet, the spokesperson said, adding the step will be taken once the probe team collects evidence against him.

The agency is also interrogating Shahbuddin, another key accused, who surrendered before a court in Jodhpur on October 22.

Bhanwari (36), posted as auxiliary nurse and midwife at a sub-centre in Jaliwada village, around 120 km from Jodhpur, went missing on September one.

Her husband Amarchand had alleged that she was abducted at the behest of Maderna and his associates. The charges were denied by Maderna, who was sacked by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on October 16.