Rajasthan’s sacked water resource minister Mahipal Maderna, embroiled in a sleaze scandal, was late on Saturday 12-11-2011 suspended from the Congress party’s primary membership. Maderna, who is facing investigation on charges of kidnapping of government nurse Bhanwari Devi, is being questioned by the CBI.
The much talked about sex tape involving senior Congress leader Mahipal Maderna and government nurse Bhanwari Devi (36) were telecast on a few TV news channels on Thursday. The telecast of the tape coincided with the first-time quizzing of Maderna by the CBI in Jodhpur.
Maderna, a former minister, was seen in a compromising position and talking intimate with Bhanwari in the 48-minute tape that seems to be shot at some hotel or a guesthouse. The tape is set to have a serious bearing on the ongoing investigation in the Bhanwari Devi missing case and Maderna’s arrest seems imminent. The CBI, after seven-hour interrogation, allowed Maderna to go on Thursday. The agency has summoned him on Friday too.
Murmurs about the sex tape were doing rounds ever since Bhanwari went missing on September 1. Her husband Amarchand had on September 6 alleged that his wife had been kidnapped and killed at the behest of Maderna. Later, the court ordered to book Maderna on September 11 on charges of rape, kidnap and murder on a petition filed by Amarchand.
Agency sources said that during the interrogation on Thursday, Maderna had admitted his relationship with Bhanwari. However, he denied that he was part of the conspiracy to kidnap or murder the missing nurse.
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