Indore: A court here on Wednesday remanded the two accused including a woman interior designer in the RTI activist Shehla Masood murder case to six days' CBI custody. Killers hired for Rs 3 lakh: Police (Agencies)
Interior designer Zaheeda Pervez and co-accused Sakib Ali were produced in the court of Special Judicial Magistrate (CBI) Dr Shubhra Singh on Wednesday.
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 on Tuesday arrested Zahida Parvez from Bhopal, who, it said, had hired a contract killer to kill Masood. However, the CBI lawyer on Wednesday 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.
An alleged contract killer, who was arrested here in Shehla Masood murder case, has confessed that he and two others were hired for Rs 3 lakh for killing the RTI activist in Bhopal last year, police claimed on Tuesday.
Irfan, who was picked up by UP Special Task Force from a house at Talaq Mahal locality of Kanpur late Tuesday night, was on Wednesday remanded in judicial custody for 14 days by a Metropolitan Magistrate.
During interrogation, Irfan said that he along with Shanu Alaunga, a sharpshooter who was shot dead in an unrelated incident in November last year, and one Salim had been hired for Rs three lakh by a Bhopal-based person to carry out the murder, DSP Samir Saurabh said.
Irfan said Rs two lakh was paid to Shanu who took him and Irfan to Bhopal from Kanpur on August 10 to murder Masood. They had been promised that the rest of the amount will be paid after the killing, according to police.
Irfan said it was Shanu who shot dead the RTI activist on August 16 and later they returned to Kanpur.
Shanu was gunned down in November last year by two motorcycle-borne youths outside the court here. The third killer, Salim, is still at large.
Police said Irfan has a criminal record and several cases, including under Gangster's Act are registered against him. He has been jailed several times.
Indore: A court here on Wednesday remanded the two accused including a woman interior designer in the RTI activist Shehla Masood murder case to six days' CBI custody.
Killers hired for Rs 3 lakh: Police