Bhanwari case: Statements of key suspect recorded

Probe agency has also recorded statements of Bhanwari's driver and her husband.

Written by Agencies | Jodhpur | Published:January 6, 2012 9:10 pm

The statements of Sahi Ram Bishnoi,key suspect in Bhanwari Devi abduction case,was today recorded by a metropolitan magistrate here.

“Sahi Ram is being considered as the main link between the abductors and those who disposed off Bhanwari’s body…He is a very important witness…CBI has taken this step (recording his statements in the presence of metropolitan magistrate) as it feared that he may turn hostile during the trial,” said a CBI official.

Besides Sahi Ram,the probe agency has so far recorded statements of Bhanwari’s driver Farookh and her husband Amarchand.

The CBI had requested the court not to provide any copy of Amarchand’s statements to any of the defendants’ counsels.

The same stand can be taken by the CBI with regard to Sahi Ram’s statements,which are understood to be more important and crucial than those of Amarchand,the official said.

After recording his statement,Sahi Ram was produced before the CBI court,which remanded him in judicial custody till January 16.

Sahi Ram had surrendered before the CBI court on December 23 and was under CBI custody since then. Meanwhile,the court also extended the judicial custody of former minister Mahipal Maderna and Paras Ram Bishnoi till January 20.

Their counsel also moved an application in the court seeking exemption for them from appearing in court and demanded e-hearing from the jail itself.

The court admitted the application but has not given any decision.

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