Shehla murder: Accused remanded to CBI custody



Shehla murder: Accused remanded to CBI custody Indore: A court here Wednesday remanded the two accused including a woman interior designer in the RTI activist Shehla Masood murder case to six days' CBI custody.

Interior designer Zaheeda Pervez and co-accused Sakib Ali were produced in the court of Special Judicial Magistrate (CBI) Dr Shubhra Singh today.

Zaheeda's lawyer, advocate Nafeesa Khan, told reporters that her client told the court that the central agency was "mentally torturing" her.

The court asked the agency not to torture her mentally, while asking Zaheeda to cooperate with CBI, advocate Khan said. The judge also directed that Zaheeda be examined by doctors daily, and reports be given to the court.

The CBI lawyer told the court that the agency needed their custody as it was yet to recover the vehicle used in the killing, and trace the money that had been paid to the contract killer.

The CBI yesterday arrested Zahida Parvez from Bhopal, who, it said, had hired a contract killer to kill Masood. However, the CBI lawyer today did not say what was Sakib Ali's role in the crime.

According to sources, Zahida told CBI sleuths that she had Masood killed, because she suspected the RTI activist's relations with her husband.

Masood, a well-known RTI activist, was shot dead outside her house at Koh-e-Fiza locality of Bhopal on August 16, 2011.

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Masood was shot dead outside her house at Koh-e-Fiza locality on August 16, 2011 when she was going to take part in protests in support of Jan Lokpal Bill.

Masood was an RTI activist who had worked in several areas including environment protection, conservation of wildlife and anti-corruption movement.

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