Sacked minister Mahipal Maderna on Thursday reportedly admitted before the CBI he had a relationship with missing nurse Bhanwari Devi though he denied any hand in her disappearance or suspected murder.
Maderna’s admission came even as the CD that allegedly showed Bhanwari Devi and the former minister in a compromising position was aired on a few TV channels on Thursday.
Maderna arrived at the CBI office at about 11 am and was whisked away by officials.
The CBI grilled him for around seven hours. “During his grilling, Maderna admitted to having close ties with Bhanwari Devi. He also divulged a few crucial facts related to the case and we are in the process of verifying and working on them,” a CBI source said.
Madrena’s interrogation came a day before the Rajasthan high court is scheduled to hear an appeal filed by Bhanwari Devi’s husband, Amarchand, who first alleged foul play.
The court had asked the CBI to submit its report on November 11.
Meanwhile, the BJP has demanded the state government, run by the Congress, should go.
BJP spokesperson and MLA Bhawani Singh Rajawat said so far the CBI was trying to “cover up” the episode but the surfacing of the CD had exposed the “true face of those in power”.
“If the government has any morality left, it should resign and chief minister Ashok Gehlot should take out a penitence rally,” said Rajawat.
Asked if the Congress was planning to take action against Maderna, Pradesh Congress Committee president Chandrabhan said, “I am in Ajmer and have no information regarding the CD. I will find out details after I reach Jaipur. Besides, the issue is subjudice and the court is monitoring it.”
With inputs from New Delhi