Bhanwari Devi case: Custody of 13 accused extended



Jodhpur: A CBI court on Tuesday extended till March 13 the judicial custody of sacked Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna, Congress MLA Malkhan Singh and 11 others in the Bhanwari Devi murder case.

All of them, including Maderna and Paras Ram Bishnoi who had been directed to appear before the court in person during the last hearing, were produced before the CBI Magistrate.

The CBI was expected to file another charge sheet in the case today but due to some lingering documentation work, it would now be submitted tomorrow, the agency sources said.

It is legally binding on an investigative agency to file the charge sheet within 90 days of the arrest of an accused.

This stipulated period of 90 days in the case of Maderna and Paras Ram Bishnoi will be over tomorrow.

Auxiliary nurse Bhanwari Devi, aged 36, went missing from Jodhpur's Bilara area on September one.

During the CBI probe, it was found she was allegedly abducted, killed and her body burnt at Jaloda.

PTI