The CBI lawyer in the Bhanwari Devi murder case Friday asked the court for protection after being allegedly threatened by Amri Devi (82), mother of co-accused ex-MLA Malkhan Singh and his sister Indira.
The alleged incident took place during the trial for the case on Friday in Jodhpur. CBI counsel Ashok Joshi said Amri Devi, who also ran for assembly polls in 2013 on a Congress ticket, lost her cool during questioning.
“We were questioning her and suddenly she got annoyed and said she would hit me if I asked another question,” Joshi told The Indian Express.
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“I don’t know what she found offensive. She is an old lady and we were being very respectful. If something inappropriate was asked, the court anyway would not have allowed it,” he said.
At that, Joshi said he stopped the questioning and told the judge he could not continue the examination of witnesses in such an atmosphere.
He also requested the court to provide him police protection by way of a formal application.
“Two years ago, the then CBI director had written to the Rajasthan government to provide us with security. The government had issued orders to the Jodhpur police and administration, but we are yet to get any security cover,” Joshi said.
While Amri Devi could not be reached for comment, her grandson Sanjay rubbished the allegations.
“My grandmother, who is a prosecution witness, was answering every question. But the lawyer then started asking derogatory questions, going beyond what was necessary,” Sanjay told The Indian Express.