CBI to probe local channels, journos over Bhanwari video CD

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Jaipur, Jan 15: The CBI is interrogating into the role of media in the Bhanwari Devi case after local TV channel, ETV Rajasthan telecast a story of the slain auxiliary nurse owning a CD that allegedly featured her and Mahipal Maderna in a compromising position on Jul 23, 2011, 45 days before she went missing.

Atleast three journalists, believed to be in close contact with the nurse's husband, Amarchand, have been grilled by the CBI in the case.

ETV aired a story about Devi possessing the alleged video CD with a politician — later established as then state minister Mahipal Maderna,” said a senior CBI official.

“The story was telecast for just a few minutes and then pulled off air... We are trying to ascertain how they were aware of this issue so long ago," said the official.

While the CBI said that Rajiv Gaur, correspondent, ETV was questioned and interrogatives were sent to Jagdish Chandra, the channel head, the latter denied the fact and said that it did not recieve any such communication.

Meanwhile, the remains of Bhanwari Devi are being sent to the FBI in the US for a DNA test.

According to officials, the results will soon be out in the case, so as to ascertain the authenticity of the recovered items.

"It will establish whether the teeth and bones we have recovered are of Bhanwari Devi's or not," said a senior officer.

Bhanwari Devi, who went missing from Bilara on Sep 1, 2011 wrecked the Rajasthan government with her disappearance after Mahipal Maderna, who was suspected to be the hand behind her disappearance was sacked from his office. It was later confirmed by the CBI that the auxiliary nurse was abducted and murdered the same day.

The reason behind her abduction and murder is believed to be a sex-CD that Bhanwari was allegedly using to blackmail Maderna to make quick money.

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