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Maderna suspended by Cong, skips CBI quizzing

Bowing to opposition pressure, the Congress on Saturday suspended ex-minister Mahipal Maderna from the party’s primary membership. An accused in the Bhanwari Devi abduction case, Maderna cited ill health to skip CBI questioning on the third day.

india Updated: Nov 12, 2011 23:45 IST
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Bowing to opposition pressure, the Congress on Saturday suspended ex-minister Mahipal Maderna from the party’s primary membership. An accused in the Bhanwari Devi abduction case, Maderna cited ill health to skip CBI questioning on the third day.

The CBI, however, grilled MLA Malkhan Singh Bishnoi and Maderna’s wife Leela again.

In Jaipur, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh launched a counter attack on the BJP. “I have come to know there are some CDs against BJP leaders also,” he said.

Independent sources told HT the CBI was examining five more CDs. The Congress also dismissed BJP’s demand for chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s resignation. “The concerned minister (Maderna) has been sacked. Law is taking its course. There is no question (of CM’s resignation),” party spokesperson Rashid Alvi told reporters in New Delhi.

In Jodhpur, Leela attacked the Congress. “If the Congress is thinking of taking action against my husband, it will have to face consequences,” she said while coming out of the CBI office.

Bhanwari, who was an auxiliary nurse midwife in Jaliwada village, around 120 km from Jodhpur, was allegedly blackmailing Maderna with a sex CD. She went missing from Jodhpur's Bilara area on September 1.

The BJP sharpened its attack on the Congress after the CD was aired on TV on Thursday. The party said if the Ashok Gehlot-led government had any morality left, it should go.

In Ajmer, Bhanwari’s brother Kailash Dholi charged the government of defaming his family and said his sister was innocent. “It is a fight between Gehlot and Maderna,” he said.

He alleged, Maderna called Bhanwari many times and that she feared for her life. She had also expressed a desire to buy a house in Ajmer and settle away from Jodhpur, he said.

Dholi claimed Bhanwari had bought a house, but he was unaware of the location. He also expressed ignorance about any bank account of his sister.

Channels airing Bhanwari CD get I&B notice

The information and broadcasting ministry has issued show-cause notices to two news channels after they telecast a video purportedly showing sexual intimacy between missing nurse Bhanwari Devi and Mahipal Maderna, former Rajasthan minister.

"Two TV news channels, Sahara Samay and P7, have been given time till 4 pm Monday to explain on why action should not be taken against them after they aired parts of a CD showing sexual intimacy between two individuals alleged to be Bhanwari Devi and Maderna," a ministry official told HT.

"They have also been directed to stop further telecast of the video on grounds of depiction of indecent content containing obscenity that is not suitable for unrestricted public exhibition."

The channels have also been told that they can present their case to an inter-ministerial committee by 4 pm on Monday if they so wished.