Bhanwari Devi Case: Plea To Examine DNA Expert Via Conferencing Denied

The defence has been insisting on the appearance of the DNA expert from the FBI in the court for examination as an important witness.

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Bhanwari Devi Case: Plea To Examine DNA Expert Via Conferencing Denied

According to the CBI, Bhanwari Devi was burnt and dumped in the canal by her killers. (File)


Jodhpur: 

A court hearing the Bhanwari Devi abduction-and-murder case today rejected the CBI's plea seeking to examine a DNA expert of the FBI through video conferencing.

Amber B Carr, the DNA expert from the FBI, had examined the burnt bones recovered by the CBI from a canal near Jodhpur.

According to the CBI, Devi was burnt and dumped in the canal by her killers.

"The charred bones were sent to the US for DNA testing. At the FBIs' forensic laboratory, Carr conducted a DNA examination, confirming them to be human bones," the prosecution counsel said.

While the CBI wants Carr to be examined through video conferencing as she did not turn up in the court despite issuance of three summons, the defence has been insisting on her appearance in the court for examination as an important witness.

Objecting to the CBI's plea, defence counsel Hemant Nahta argued that neither the rules of the high court nor the criminal procedure code provides for recording of statements of a witness through video conferencing.

"Also a criminal trial court has no power to lay down a procedure regarding examination of a witness through video conferencing," Mr Nahta said.

"We also suspect that in case of video conferencing, the witness could be tutored to narrate the story of the prosecution," he said.

Turning down the CBI plea, the court decided to issue fresh summons to Carr, asking her to appear before it for examination.

Devi, an auxiliary nurse midwife at a sub-centre in Jaliwada village, around 120 km from Jodhpur, had gone missing on September 1, 2011. She disappeared after a CD allegedly showing then Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna in a compromising position with the 36-year-old nurse was aired by some television news channels.

The CBI had said Devi was allegedly abducted from Jodhpur's Bilara area and killed.



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