Press Release
New Delhi , 21.04.2012

            The Central Bureau of Investigation today filed a third charge-sheet in the Court of ACMM, CBI Cases, Jodhpur against four accused persons including one absconding U/s 120-B r/w 364, 302, 201 IPC and Section 3(2)(v) SC/ST(POA) Act.


            Out of the four, three are presently in judicial custody while one remains absconding. The competent Court has issued a non-bailable warrant of arrest against her followed by proceedings U/s 82 & 83 Cr.PC and her immoveable properties have been attached. She has been declared a proclaimed offender U/s 82(4) Cr.PC by the Court on 16.4.2012. An FIR was also lodged against her U/s 174-A at PS Basni, Jodhpur for failing to comply with the orders of the Court U/s 82 Cr.PC. A reward of Rs. 5 Lakh has also been declared for anyone who helps in her arrest.


            CBI registered this case on 11.10.11 relating to the alleged abduction of Smt.Bhanwari Devi, r/o Village Berunda, District Jodhpur (Rajasthan) on the request of Rajasthan Government and further Notification from Govt. of India. The case was earlier registered by Rajasthan Police vide FIR No.383/2011 dated 05.09.11 U/s 365/120-B of PS.Bilara, Distt. Jodhpur Rural, Rajasthan. It was alleged that certain persons conspired to abduct Smt.Bhanwari Devi in order to eliminate her. Smt.Bhanwari Devi, a local Nurse & folk Singer, allegedly left for Bilada on 01.09.2011 at about 1:00 PM by Rajasthan Roadways Bus for collecting the payment of her car, which was reportedly sold to a person of Village Tilbasni, District Jodhpur (Rajasthan).


            The initial investigation revealed that a criminal conspiracy amongst three accused persons, the object of which was to abduct Smt.Bhanwari Devi with an intention to murder her. Accordingly, a charge-sheet was filed on 2.12.2011 against them U/s 120-B r/w 364 IPC, substantive offence U/s 364 IPC and Section 3(2)(v) SC/ST (POA) Act. The investigation was kept open in order to unearth the entire conspiracy and to reveal the identity of all the known / unknown accused.


            Further Investigation revealed that Smt.Bhanwari Devi was abducted on 01.9.2011 and was killed. It was alleged that her body was later on disposed off and thrown into a canal as per charge-sheet.


            The second charge-sheet was filed on 29.02.2012 in the Court of ACMM (CBI) Jodhpur against 13 accused persons who were in judicial custody in Central Jail Jodhpur. Three accused persons were charged U/s 120-B r/w 302, 364 & 201 IPC and Section 3(2)(V) of SC/ST (POA) Act & substantive offences thereof. Five accused including the then Minister of Water Resources of Rajasthan & another MLA of Rajasthan were charged U/s 120-B r/w 302, 364 & 201 IPC and Section 3(2)(V) of SC/ST (POA) Act. Four accused were charged U/s 120-B r/w 302, 364 & 201 IPC and Section 3(2)(V) of SC/ST (POA) Act & substantive offences thereof. One accused (Husband of Smt.Bhanwari Devi) was charged U/s 120-B r/w 365, 364 & 201 IPC.


            Further investigation U/s 173 (8) Cr.PC was continuing against four absconding accused including a sister of the accused MLA.


            Investigation further disclosed the complicity of these four accused in the aforesaid criminal conspiracy along with the other 13 accused.


            After thorough investigation in a professional & transparent manner to unravel the truth in this case, CBI filed the said charge-sheets.


            Further investigation has been kept open U/s 173(8) Cr.PC.


            The public is reminded that the above findings are based on the investigation done by CBI and evidence collected by it. Under the Indian Law, the accused are presumed to be innocent till their guilt is finally established after a fair trial.