The Bhanwari Devi case has strongly become etched in the mind of the public for the depravity of the accused. While the case caught the attention of a shocked nation when it first broke out, the case had a main plot and many sub plots in it with many individuals involved in some role or the other. While most of the accused are behind bars, a few are absconding while some others still continue to remain free despite a possible link to the case. The female nurse who had illicit relations with a minister in the Rajasthan government who was later sacked due to the case, tried to get a better deal for herself by making a sleaze CD which showed the minister’s relations with her.
Her attempt to blackmail involved many characters who were used to relay the message to the minister and back. The web of actions involved a very influential broker in Delhi, who had links in the corridors of power. He came into the picture to broker a deal between Bhanwari Devi the nurse and the minister in the case. However, this is where the plot thickens, showing how many individuals sought to cash in on this CD for different benefits. The person entrusted with the task of showing/handing over the CD preferred to make additional copies for himself which was planned to be used for leveraging benefits. The accused and the victim, reached some kind of an agreement in exchange for money, wherein the contents of the CD were not to be revealed. However, the additional copies of the CD were going to be serious cause for concern.
Bhanwari Devi made last ditch efforts to convey a message to the minster that she was not involved in the making of additional copies of the CD. However, by the time she tried to get this across, the reports of the CD began making the rounds, which forced the hand of the minister to unleash the goons on Bhanwari Devi. She ended up being brutally murdered. The life of a victim snuffed out due to the greed and insatiable lust of the powerful. The depravity of the accused and the individuals knew no bounds as can be seen from the fact that even the husband of the victim became a pawn in the case. He cooperated with the accused to let Bhanwari Devi go in a particular route, without any escort, knowing fully well that her life was in danger.
The minister Mahipal Maderna, who ended up losing his job as the Water Resources Minister for his role in the atrocity, was arrested and jailed. Sahi Ram Bishnoi, an individual who is treated as an absconder in the case, is the ex-zilla parishad of Jodhpur. He was the one whom Bhanwari Devi confided in, seeking his assistance in contacting the minster to report about the additional copies of the CD. He presently carries a reward of one lakh on his head and remains untraceable.
One of the key characters is the alleged power broker from Delhi with whom the deal was struck for sale of the CD. The mediator who facilitated the deal between Bhanwari and the power broker was Sunil Gurjar, who was questioned by the CBI on a few occasions. However, he is yet to be arrested and remains free from the clutches of the law. He has other allegations against him, such as running NGOs which defraud individuals of their hard earned money.
The status of the case and the present whereabouts of the accused show how the powerful manage to wield their influence in any situation and manage to stay scot free. The role of the husband has been a mystery to many who have closely followed the investigation and the reports. He had allegedly knowingly facilitated the abduction of his wife by making her to travel on a bus alone in a particular route. However, after her disappearance he filed a habeas corpus application in the court seeking information about his missing wife. Ironically, it was the same habeas corpus petition and the media outcry that resulted in the investigation. The courts swung into action, directed the CBI to conclude the investigation at the earliest. It was during these investigations that the role of the husband was revealed in the gruesome act.
The case has multiple twists and sub plots that make it as despicable as possible. Sohan Lal, an engineer with the health department was reportedly the person who made the additional copies of the CD. He is the one who used Sunil Gurjar to get the Delhi based power broker to handle the deal. While he has been imprisoned the others continue to remain free. Online portals have uploaded recordings of a call which Bhanwari Devi had with a few of the accused. In one of the calls she is heard clearly talking about the deal and the people behind the deal. She entered into a smaller ring of conspiracy with one Indira, who was the sister of an MLA, and the duo recorded the call which she had with the then Jodhpur zilla parishad.
The call spilt out quite a lot of details regarding the entire sordid episode and this gave the investigating agencies many inputs which helped to carry out the investigation in the case. The individuals in the call have however, not been arrested. While they have been questioned multiple times, they have not been arrested. This clearly shows how many individuals slip through loopholes in the law due to insufficient evidence. While the role and the involvement of the individuals are beyond doubt, they continue to enjoy freedom. They remain as powerful as ever before, leading normal lives, while the life of a female nurse was snuffed out in the most brutal and diabolical manner. The whole saga of sex, lies, deceit and tapes do not augur well for India and the citizens of India, as politicians will continue to wield influence.