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CBI may seek arrest warrant against Rajasthan lawmaker

The CBI is likely to move a court here Monday for an arrest warrant against Rajasthan Congress legislator Malkhan Singh Bishnoi for not appearing for questioning in the case of missing nurse Bhanwari Devi, sources said.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been quizzing three sons of the legislator for the past two days in a bid to trace out the legislator, sources said Sunday.

“His three sons were quizzed by the agency at the Circuit House here Saturday and Sunday. But they are either unable to tell or are deliberately not sharing information about where the legislator is hiding,” sources in the CBI told.

The legislator from Luni constituency approached the CBI, through his lawyer, four days ago saying he was in Delhi for medical treatment and conveyed that he will be available for questioning Saturday. But he didn’t turn up for interrogation on that day.

The CBI Saturday warned the family members of the lawmaker that if he did not make himself available for interrogation Sunday, an application requesting an arrest warrant against him would be filed in a court here, sources added.

The probe agency served four summons on him in Jodhpur over the past nine days.

“Bishnoi has been served four notices requiring him to appear before the CBI for questioning, but he has ignored all of them,” sources said.

The CBI even pasted a notice outside his residence in Jodhpur Tuesday. The notice warned of legal action if he failed to present himself for questioning.

The legislator is alleged to have been close to the nurse, who is missing since Sep 1 and is feared dead.

“The legislator’s sons are also being quizzed about his relations with the missing nurse,” said the sources.

His brother Parasram Bishnoi was arrested Dec 2 along with sacked Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna, who allegedly featured on a CD in a compromising position with the nurse.

The CBI is also trying to trace the legislator’s sister Indra Singh Bishnoi. She was also close to Bhanwari and had earlier claimed that Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was aware of the CD showing Maderna and the nurse in a compromising position.

In a CBI charge sheet filed before the court earlier, three men – Shahabuddin, Baliya and Sohanlal – were charged with the abduction of the nurse with an intent to kill and criminal conspiracy.

They were also booked under various sections of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.



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