Bhopal: After groping in the dark for more than three months in the Shehla Masood murder case, the CBI has now shifted its attention to the dispute related to a five star hotel and its land. The probing agency has seized all the documents of the disputed land which were in possession of Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC).

The seized documents were related to the contract of a five-star hotel and its disputed land.

The issue dates back to 2009, when the Corporation had bought four acres of land near Bhadbhara from the state government. The land was leased out for 90 years to Airport Kohinoor Hotel Private Limited through a tender for construction of a hotel. Since the plan failed to receive the NOC from the YES bank, which was promoting it, the construction could not start.

Now, the CBI is probing the role of Shehla in the entire process? Eventually, why was the construction of the hotel stopped?

Shehla's murder outside her residence in posh Koh-e-Fiza locality on August 16 had sparked strong reactions among RTI activists. After local police's probe into the killing failed to yield any result, the Centre ordered a CBI probe into the incident following a request made in this regard by the Madhya Pradesh government.

In the last two months, the Bhopal unit of CBI concentrated on different aspects of the murder and also checked details of Shehla's laptop and call details to reach the culprits. In this period, the agency has also recorded statements of many politicians, police officials, builders and other influential people to find clues for the murder mystery.

JPN/Bureau