Bhanwari Devi Murder Case: Trial Court sets May 21 as the next hearing
A special CBI trial court in Jaipur has set the next hearing date of nurse, social activist and actress Bhanwari Devi abduction and murder case on May 21 after initiating the trial on Tuesday.
The trial began in the additional chief judicial magistrate's court for the Scheduled Tribes and the Scheduled Castes cases in which Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has made accused to 17 persons including three prime accused - former Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna, Congress legislator Malkhan Singh Bishnoi, Shahabuddin, Sohan Lal, Bishnaram, Baldev Jat and 14 others.
During the argument, CBI prosecutors informed the court that how Bhanwari Devi was kidnapped and murder and also how nurse Bhanvari Devi came close to first Maderna and then Malkhan.
CBI has appointed a panel of lawyers regarding this case in which three lawyers including Azaz Khan, Shyam Singh Yadav and Ashok Joshi, made the opening statement.
Prosecutors also inform to the judge that how sex CDs were prepared by the nurse and how she began to blackmail Maderna and Malkhan.
"Bhanwari was blackmailing Maderna and Malkhan on the basis of the CDs which led to her abduction Sep 1," the lawyers told the court.
After hearing the opening statement from the prosecution, the court has fixed May 21 as the next date of hearing.
The CBI had on Feb 29 filed a supplementary charge sheet in the case, naming Maderna as the mastermind behind the nurse's disappearance and subsequent murder.
The charge sheet contained accounts of 300 witnesses and 313 documents in evidence.
The CBI in its charge sheet filed in the court said that three men - Shahabuddin, Sohan lal and Baldev Jat alias Balia - kidnapped Bhanwari from Bilara in Jodhpur rural area on Sep 1 at the alleged behest of Maderna and Malkhan, killed her and then handed over her body to a gang of criminals headed by Bishnaram.
The gang burnt the body to ashes and dumped her remains in a canal.
The CBI has charge sheeted Maderna, Malkhan Singh, Indra Bishnoi and Malkhan Singh's brother Parasram Bishnoi as the key conspirators while 11 others -- including Sohan Lal, Shahabuddin and Baldev Jat alias Balia, Umesha Ram, Sahi Ram Bishnoi, Bishna Ram Bishnoi, Om Prakash Bishnoi, Kailash Jakhar and Ashok Bishnoi -- have been named the murderers.
Bhanwari's husband Amarchand has also been booked for criminal conspiracy. Indra Bishnoi is still on the run.
Most of the accused have been booked under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections for murder, kidnap, criminal conspiracy and causing disappearance of evidence.
--With IANS Inputs--
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