The statement of Sahi Ram Bishnoi, key suspect in the Bhanwari Devi abduction case, was recorded by a metropolitan magistrate here on Friday.

“Sahi Ram is being considered as the main link between the abductors and those who disposed of Bhanwari's body...He is a very important witness...CBI has taken this step (recording his statement in the presence of a metropolitan magistrate) as it feared that he may turn hostile during the trial,” a CBI official said.

Besides Sahi Ram, the probe agency has so far recorded statements of Bhanwari's driver Farookh and her husband Amarchand.

The CBI had requested the court not to provide any copy of Amarchand's statements to any of the defendants' counsels.

The same stand can be taken by the CBI with regard to Sahi Ram's statement, which is understood to be more important and crucial than those of Amarchand, the official said.

After recording his statement, Sahi Ram was produced before the CBI court, which remanded him in judicial custody till January 16.

Sahi Ram had surrendered before the CBI court on December 23 and was under CBI custody since then. - PTI