The CBI on Wednesday named sacked Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna and Congress MLA Malkhan Singh as the main accused in the second charge sheet filed in the Bhanwari Devi case, accusing them of abduction and murder.
In the 97-page supplementary charge sheet filed in the CBI court in Jodhpur, Mr. Maderna and Mr. Singh have been charged under Sections 302 (murder), 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), 364 (abduction), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence or giving false information to screen offender) of IPC and SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
Eight others — Sahiram, Parasram, Amarchand, Umesharam, Bishnaram, Kailash, Ashok and Omprakash — have also been named as accused in the charge sheet.
The agency had filed the first charge sheet in the case in December last year against Sohan, Shahbuddin and Balia.
Investigations against Pukhraj, Dinesh, Reshmaram and Mr. Singh’s sister Indira Bishnoi are pending, the agency said.
The CBI examined 300 witnesses in the case and the charge sheet has 93 articles and 317 annexures.
Bhanwari, 36, had gone missing from Jodhpur’s Bilara area on September 1 last year following which her husband had filed a habeas corpus petition in the High Court.
After the State government ordered a CBI probe into the case, the agency arrested Mr. Maderna on December 3 and Mr. Singh on December 19 for their alleged involvement in the case.
Soon after her death, a sleaze CD was circulated allegedly featuring Mr. Maderna and Bhanwari.
Mr. Maderna was removed by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot from his ministry in October after his name cropped up in the case.