Bhanwari Devi case: HC disposes of habeas corpus petition

The court said since the conclusion has been made that Bhanwari Devi has been killed and the accused chargesheeted the petition could be dismissed.

hidden March 03, 2012 18:34:37 IST
Bhanwari Devi case: HC disposes of habeas corpus petition

Jodhpur: The Rajasthan High court today disposed of the habeas corpus petition filed by Amarchand, the husband of slain nurse Bhanwari Devi, and observed that police need to be sensitive while dealing with such cases.

Bhanwari Devi case HC disposes of habeas corpus petition

The court said such cases need to be treated carefully by the police. Screen grab from CNN-IBN

The police should be sensitive while dealing with such cases, the division bench of Justices Govind Mathur and N K Jain said.

Amarchand, who is presently under judicial custody in connection with his wife's murder case, had filed the petition in September last year following which the court had issued notices to the Home Secretary and senior police officers.

The CBI filed second charge sheet in the Bhanwari abduction and murder case on February 29 in which Amarchand is named accused among others.

He has been booked under IPC sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 364 (kidnapping in order to murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence or giving false information to screen offender).

"We expect that the state will make all necessary efforts for the effective and objective prosecution in this case...Since investigation is complete and conclusion has been made that Bhanwari Devi has been killed and the accused have been chargesheeted, nothing survives for further adjudication of this petition," the bench said.

Regarding the government's action-taken report on the issues of threat to the officials of CBI and its witnesses by influential people and shifting of Mahipal Maderna and Malkhan Singh Bishnoi to some other jail and keep them separately, the Additional Advocate General assured the court that the FIRs have already been registered and the investigations were on.

The government will be shifting Maderna and Bishnoi very shortly to other jails, the AAG said.

Meanwhile, another court dismissed the petition filed by Indra Bishnoi challenging her arrest warrant and subsequent attachment of her property.

High Court judge R S Chouhan had earlier stayed her arrest warrant till March 5 but today issued a direction for her to appear before the CBI.

PTI

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