After being grilled by CBI for two days, sacked Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna on Saturday skipped questioning in the Bhanwari Devi disappearance case, citing ill-health.
The investigating agency however continued questioning of Congress MLA Malkhan Singh and Maderna's wife Lila for the second consecutive day in connection with the case.
Lila defended her husband claiming he is innocent and that the CD purportedly showing Maderna in a compromising position with Bhanwari "was fabricated".
Maderna, who was asked to come today for the third consecutive day for questioning, failed to turn up and sent a medical certificate to the concerned CBI officials here, agency sources said today.
After getting the certificate, CBI exempted Maderna from questioning on health grounds.
Malkhan, who represents Luni constituency in Rajasthan assembly, was grilled along with Lila at the circuit house in the city for nearly six hours, officials said.
Emerging out of the circuit house, Lila, who had yesterday accused the media of trying to target her husband, told reporters the CD in question was aimed at "maligning the legacy of her family by their rivals".
Lila claimed she does not have any clue of any relationship between Bhanwari and her husband.
"I am saying my husband is innocent. It is a political conspiracy,"
However, she said, even if they were in a relationship "it was not an offence and an act of mutual consent".
A CD purportedly showing Maderna and Malkhan in compromising position with 36-year-old Bhanwari, an auxiliary nurse midwife at a sub-centre in Jaliwada village - around 120 km from Jodhpur, had come to light after she went missing from Jodhpur's Bilara area on September 1.
Her husband Amarchand had alleged she was abducted at the behest of Maderna.
Sources said it is believed that Bhanwari was introduced to Maderna some years back by Malkhan, who had already admitted to CBI that he knew her.
CBI had on Friday questioned Mahipal, Lila, Malkan and his sister Indira, who had earlier told media that Bhanwari wanted a "settlement of the deal" with former water resources minister Maderna and she had approached even the Pali MP Badri Ram Jakhar.
Maderna was sacked from the state cabinet on October 16 after his name cropped up in the case.Mahipal Madarna's wife slams media