Shehla Masood: CBI arrests another woman

Saba Farooqui, a close friend of architect Zahida Parvez, was on Friday arrested in connection with the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood by the CBI.

Updated: Mar 03, 2012, 00:25 AM IST

New Delhi: Saba Farooqui, a close friend of architect Zahida Parvez, was on Friday arrested in connection with the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood by the CBI which claimed to have got "clinching evidence" of Parvez`s alleged involvement through call details and her seized diary.
The agency believes that the murder was purportedly triggered by Parvez`s obsession with a BJP MLA who was also close to Masood.
"She (Farooqui) is allegedly believed to be a friend of the alleged conspirator in the killing and is understood to be aware of the crime and believed to be assisting in the conspiracy," CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra said.

She said the accused will be produced in the designated Court at Indore tomorrow.

The agency searched Parvez`s home yesterday where it recovered a diary in which investigators found a crucial entry on the date August 16, the day Masood was murdered at around 11.15 am outside her home, CBI sources said here.

Parvez in her own handwriting had noted in the diary, "I was depressed. Saquib had called around 11.15. He said `mubarak ho. Ghar ke samne kaam ho gaya`", they said.

In the evening, Parvez is said to have celebrated with Farooqui, sources said.

The sources said that the agency found a streak of Parvez`s obsession with the BJP MLA with whom she had very close relations and this had resulted in resentment for Masood who was also his good friend.

The entry with regard to the alleged mobile call made soon after the Masood`s murder was corroborated by call details of Saquib Ali, a good friend of Parvez who is said to have hired the killers, they said.

PTI