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As reported by Vishwa Mohan in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 05 Oct 2011:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/CBI-to-quiz-IPS-officer-for-harassing-slain-RTI-activist/articleshow/10237352.cms

 

CBI to quiz IPS officer for ‘harassing’ slain RTI activist

 

 

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which has been probing RTI activist Shehla Masood murder case, will question a Madhya Pradesh IPS officer soon and confront him with a compact disc that the deceased had provided to the state police as an evidence of being threatened by him.

 

Masood, who was shot dead by an unidentified gunman in front of her residence in Bhopal in August, had on January 19 last year wrote to the state police chief, alleging that she was being threatened by IPS officer Pawan Shirvastava.

 

She wrote: "...I would like to bring to your notice that I fear for my life from Pawan Shrivastava...I fear that he being a powerful officer can implicate me in a false case".

 

The RTI activist had mentioned about the "evidence" she had provided to the state police, expressing her anguish that nothing had been done against the erring cop whom she called "a criminal minded officer". Shrivastava was allegedly harassing her since 2008.

 

Sources in the CBI said the officials had taken note of the complaint against Shrivastava and asked the state police about the action taken, if any.

 

"A day after receiving her letter, the then Bhopal inspector general of police had forwarded it to the department concerned asking for the probe and legal or departmental action. We have also been probing the fate of the IG's note," said an official.

 

A copy of the letter, written by Masood to the state DGP, was also sent to the Union home minister and Madhya Pradesh chief minister. The letter had an attachment of the formal complaint made by the RTI activist against Shrivastava.

 

Acting on her letter, the then IGP (Bhopal) had written on January 20 last year, "Please look into this application and a CD, which is in her possession. Legal action or departmental action may be taken as deemed fit as per the contents of the CD and the application".

 

"Besides Shrivastava, other persons would also be questioned to verify the veracity of the deceased's allegation against him," said an official.

 

Masood in her letter to the DGP had said: "One and a half year ago, I had filed a complaint against IPS officer Pawan Shrivastava for making threatening calls to me while he was on deputation as director, cultural department...I had provided the evidence, but till now nothing has been done."

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As reported by PTI in zeenews.com on 10 Jan 2012:

Shehla murder: AIIMS forensic team to visit Bhopal

 

Shehla murder: AIIMS forensic team to visit Bhopal

 

New Delhi: A team of forensic experts from the AIIMS will visit Bhopal on Wednesday to gather and collaborate clues gathered in connection with the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood there.

 

Sources said the team led by T D Dogra, head of Forensic Sciences Department, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will leave tomorrow and is likely to visit the spot where the activist was shot dead by unknown assailants.

 

 

 

They said the CBI officers will also be part of the team which will interact with local police and other concerned in connection with the case.

 

"A forensic team from AIIMS will be leaving tomorrow to gather evidences. It will also examine evidences gathered by local and central forensic department officials," the sources said.

 

Earlier, biological and ballistic experts of Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) has visited Bhopal and collected vital clues.

 

Masood was shot dead outside her residence in the posh Koh-e-Fiza locality in Bhopal on August 16, 2011. The case, which was initially probed by local police, was later handed over to the CBI.

 

The case was then transferred to the agency's Delhi-based Special Crime Unit which is now probing the matter.

 

The CBI has joined social networking site Facebook in a bid to get help from people in cracking the case.

 

The investigating agency, which remains clueless in the case, had announced an award of Rs five lakhs in September last for anyone providing credible information about the murder.

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As reported in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 14 Jan 2012:

CBI quizzes 3 more in Shehla murder case - The Times of India

 

CBI quizzes 3 more in Shehla murder case

 

BHOPAL: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is working on certain specific leads and quizzed three persons on Friday in connection with the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood, who was shot dead in her car from a point-blank range in broad daylight in Koh-e-Fiza area on August 16.

 

Shehla was found slumped dead in the driving seat of a car. After coming out of her house, before the activist could start the car, assailant one or more in number, shot in her neck.

 

"We have some leads and we are working on it," said a Delhi Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) crime investigation wing top official, who along with forensic experts of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is camping in the city. He refused to divulge the name of persons they grilled describing it as "secret". "Mind it, we are not clueless. We can't share or reveal to the media leads we are having at this point of time," he added.

 

"We have talked to and interrogated nearly 400 good and bad people in connection with the case since our first visit to the city in October. This is our third visit to Bhopal. We are interviewing two to three people as per the leads. In October, we stayed here for well over 20 days," he added.

 

Pointing out that there is neither any plan to re-enact the scene of crime nor to exhume the body, he said, the team was expected to be in the city possibly for a couple of days.

 

In the past few months, the country's premier investigating agency has been drawing flak from civil society activists for its failure to make any headway in the murder mystery. Right from the day one, the CBI has been finding it tough given that computer-savvy Shehla's gadgets reportedly didn't contain much data or evidence to unravel her murder mystery.

 

After the murder, the MP police initially took over her gadgets and scanned them. The RTI activist has been reportedly trying to get some vital information regarding the high and mighty in the state.

 

The CBI came into picture as the state government decided to hand over the probe to the central agency following an outcry as the state police could not make any leads.

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As reported in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 15 Jan 2012:

Shehla Masood murder: CBI doubles cash reward to Rs 10l - The Times of India

 

Shehla Masood murder: CBI doubles cash reward to Rs 10l

 

 

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday doubled the cash reward of Rs five lakh to Rs 10 lakh for information on the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood, who was shot dead outside her house in Bhopal on August 16, 2011.

 

Though the agency had registered a case against unnamed persons on September 3, 2011, it increased the reward money since the motive behind the murder still remains a mystery, CBI sources said.

 

"Any credible information regarding the murder of Shehla Masood murder can be shared on 0425600927, 09425001643 and 09425661632," CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra said.

 

Shehla was shot dead when she was going towards her car outside her residence in posh Koh-e-Fiza locality in Bhopal. A team of AIIMS experts, led by forensic scientist T D Dogra, arrived in Bhopal last Thursday to study the complex case.

 

The case was transferred to the CBI as Madhya Pradesh Police could not figure out the motive behind the murder, but suspected she was eliminated by some powerful persons against whom she had filed RTI applications. Shehla had earlier gone on a hunger strike in Bhopal in support of Anna Hazare's anti-graft cause. She was also involved in other causes, including wildlife conservation.

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As reported in asianage.com on 29 Jan 2012:

Shehla case: CBI grills politicians | The Asian Age

 

Shehla case: CBI grills politicians

 

The CBI recently questioned some local politicians of Bhopal, including a legislator, in connection with its ongoing probe into the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood.

 

According to sources, the agency also questioned a few builders of Bhopal in connection with its probe. Initial probe indicate the involvement of some influential personalities, including politicians, builders and senior officials of the state government, sources added.

 

“Probe by the Madhya Pradesh police also found that the RTI activist reportedly spoke to certain politicians as well as state government officials the day she was killed”, sources said. Masood was shot in the head in her car in front of her residence in the posh Koh-e-Fiza locality in Bhopal about 11 am on August 16, 2011 when she was about to go to a rally that was part of Anna Hazare campaign against corruption. Earlier, the case was being probed by the Bhopal unit of the CBI, the case has now been transferred.

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Bhopal architect got Shehla Masood killed: CBI

 

Reported by Ibnlive.in.com on Feb 28, 2012

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/shehla-masood-murder-bhopal-architect-arrested/234561-3.html

 

Bhopal: The police on Tuesday claimed to have cracked the murder case of RTI activist Shehla Masood, who was shot dead in Bhopal. Zahida Pervez, a Bhopal-based architect was arrested in connection with the murder.

 

The RTI activist was shot dead in Bhopal on August 16, 2011 while she was leaving for a campaign of India Against Corruption (IAC).

 

She had, earlier, alleged that she was getting threatening calls.

 

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials investigating the case say that Zahida Pervez had personal enmity with Shehla Masood, and so she gave money to a contract killer to eliminate her (Masood).

 

According to reports, the confession was made by Zahida herself before the CBI officials.

 

However, the person who allegedly shot at the RTI activist was later killed in Kanpur.

 

Reacting to the development, Shehla's father Masood Sultan said, "I thank God. I have come to know through media reports. No one has officially told me about the arrest."

 

Shehla was an environmentalist, wildlife activist and an RTI activist. Her murder Nobody witnessed the incident and even her family had discovered about the killing when the car didn't leave the house.

 

The incident had occurred at around 11 am when Shehla was about to leave for Boat Club in Bhopal to join protest in support of Jan Lokpal Bill.

 

The Bhopal unit of the CBI had been probing into Shehla's murder since the first week of September 2011 and had even announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for anyone giving information leading to the arrest of the assailant(s).

 

Shehla was working on several issues including good governance, police reforms, environment, tiger protection, transparency and RTI Act.

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As reported in dailypioneer.com on 29 Feb 2012:

Jealous wife had Shehla bumped off

 

Jealous wife had Shehla bumped off

 

In a major breakthrough in the sensational Shehla Masood murder case in Bhopal, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested two persons, including a woman architect, here on Tuesday evening.

 

The reason behind the murder of Masood, official sources claimed, was that Zahida Pervez, allegedly suspected that her husband Asad Pervez, a Bhopal-based petrol pump owner, had an extramarital affair with her. The CBI termed Zahida a conspirator and her associate as the one who executed the contract killing.

 

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

 

The arrest of Zahida came as a surprise for locals as she hails from a reputed family of the Walled City. If sources are to be believed, Shehla’s murder was a contract killing and a killer from Kanpur was brought into the city by Zahida.

 

CBI officials in New Delhi said Zahida had allegedly hired a Kanpur-based contract killer Sadiq and the preliminary probe suggests he might have been eliminated after Masood’s murder.

 

The investigating agency has ruled out the possibility of RTI activism as a reason behind Masood’s elimination as the transparency law is used against public servants and Zahida was in no way connected to the same.

 

CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra in New Delhi, said, “In a major breakthrough, the Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday arrested a Bhopal-based interior designer in an on-going probe in connection with killing of Shehla Masood in Bhopal. She is allegedly believed to be a conspirator in the killing. Another person, understood to have been hired by the accused, has also been arrested.”

 

Agency sources claimed Zahida had confessed before CBI sleuths that it was she who had ordered Masood’s murder because she was suspicious of Masood’s relations with her husband.

 

Pervez had reportedly told CBI that the killing was executed by a contract killer hired by her.

 

Zahida was arrested from her ‘Designera’ office of interior designing situated in front of Chittod Complex in MP Nagar Zone 1. After Zahida and her accomplice’s arrest, at least three more persons were caught from different parts of the State capital, but the CBI did not confirm their arrests. It is suspected that the CBI officials are trying to connect all the missing links in the case.

 

The arrested accused persons will be produced in the Designated Court at Bhopal on Wednesday. CBI sources said more arrests are likely in the case. The 32-year-old RTI activist was also the Madhya Pradesh chapter head of India Against Corruption who was shot dead on August 16, 2011 inside her car, right in front of her residence in the posh Koh-e-Fiza area of Bhopal. After 18 days of her death, the CBI had registered a case on September 3, 2011 under Section 302 of the IPC against unknown persons in relation to the murder of Masood on the request of the Madhya Pradesh Government. The CBI took up the investigation of the case, earlier registered at Police Station Koh-e-Fiza, Bhopal.

 

Months before her murder, Shehla was receiving threatening calls and she had filed a complaint in this regard with senior police officials.

 

Reacting to the development, Shehla’s father Masood Sultan said, “I thank God. I have come to know through media reports. No one has officially told me about the arrest.”

 

Surprisingly, it was a challenge before the CBI to solve the case, as there were no witnesses in the murder case, when it took over investigation. The probe was also difficult because despite several attempts, no witnesses were coming forward to share any information despite the fact that Masood was shot dead in daylight in the posh locality.

 

Last month, the agency had doubled the reward money to Rs 10 lakh for providing information leading to the arrest in connection with the activist’s murder.

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Bhopal: Doubting affair with hubby woman got RTI activist Shehla Masood killed

 

Reported by Anup Datta in Indiatoday.intoday.in on February 29, 2012

Bhopal: Doubting affair with hubby woman got RTI activist Shehla Masood killed : Cities News - India Today

 

The CBI on Tuesday arrested interior designer Zahida Pervez and a co-conspirator in connection with the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood in front of her home in the upmarket Koh-e-Fiza locality of Bhopal on August 16 last year.

 

"We have arrested a Bhopal-based interior designer in connection with Shehla Masood's murder. She is believed to be a conspirator in the killing. Another person, who conspired with Pervez, has also been arrested," a CBI official said.

 

The official claimed that Pervez had confessed before CBI sleuths that it was she who had "ordered" Masood's murder because she was suspicious of her relations with her husband.

 

Masood was murdered by an unidentified gunman when she was on her way to take part in protests in support of the Jan Lokpal Bill. But the hitman, too, was later murdered in Kanpur.

 

The CBI took almost six months, after taking over the case on September 6 last year, to find out the people behind the high-profile murder of the eventmanager-turned-RTI-activist known for political connections.

 

CBI officials said the case was difficult because there were no witness and leads, though the shooting took place in daylight in a posh locality. The missing murder weapon made it even harder to make a breakthrough.

 

Shehla's father Masood Sultan, a retired government employee, said: "I thank god. But no one has officially told me about the arrests."

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RTI activist murder: Senior Politician under CBI scanner

 

Reported by Dnaindia.com on Feb 29, 2012

RTI activist murder: Senior Politician under CBI scanner - India - DNA

 

 

A senior politician from Madhya Pradesh is under the CBI scanner in connection with the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood in which the agency has arrested two persons and may arrest one more very soon.

 

Based on the questioning of architect Zahida Parvez, who was arrested yesterday in connection with the murder, along with a contract killer whose identity has been withheld, the CBI is likely to arrest one more person soon, CBI sources said.

 

They said the agency is yet to ascertain the exact motive which led to the killing of the 32-year old RTI activist and a clearer picture would emerge after detailed questioning of the arrested accused -- Parvez and a contract killer whose identity has not been disclosed by the agency.

 

The duo has been sent to police custody till March 6 by the special CBI court in Indore.

 

CBI sources here claimed that the politician was quite close to architect Zahida Parvez, who was arrested yesterday in connection with the murder.

 

They said the politician has already been questioned by the agency before arrests in the case were made yesterday and if required he would again be interrogated.

 

CBI has conclusively found that Masood was in touch with the same politician who was once the head of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation before difference arose between them because of RTI applications filed by her, CBI sources said.

 

They said the agency is now trying to evaluate if the politician was also involved in the murder conspiracy or not.

 

Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force has also arrested a person from Kanpur who is claiming to have killed Masood for a contract of Rs3 lakh. Ironically, the CBI had announced a reward of Rs10 lakh for anyone providing information on her murder.

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Reported by Hindustantimes.com on March 02, 2012

Call details, diary nail friend's role in Masood murder - Hindustan Times

 

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 on Saturday.

 

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 11.15am outside her home, CBI sources said here.

 

Parvez in her own handwriting had noted in the diary, "I was depressed. Saquib had called around 11.15am. 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.

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RTI activist Shehla Masood may have been killed for closeness to BJP MLA

 

 

 

Reported by Timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Mar 3, 2012

RTI activist Shehla Masood may have been killed for closeness to BJP MLA - The Times of India

 

 

NEW DELHI: The CBI which on Friday made another arrest in the Shehla Masood murder case is ascertaining whether the businessperson-turned-RTI activist was killed because of her rivalry with accused Zahida Pervez for the affection of BJP MLA Dhruv Narayan Singh.

 

CBI arrested Saba Farooqi, an employee and alleged confidante of Zahida, for shielding information about Shehla's murder. "She (Saba) is 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 while announcing the fresh arrest in the case.

 

According to CBI sources, entries in her diary that Zahida meticulously maintained point out that her intense competition with Shehla over the BJP legislator was the chief motive for the crime. Investigators have gathered evidence which shows that Zahida was obsessed with Singh and intensely resented his proximity to Shehla.

 

Sources also said that the questioning of the accused including the two hired killers has revealed that Zahida, an architect and interior decorator, who came to know Singh in 2007, became so possessive of him that she had one of her employees exclusively devoted to monitoring his movements and analyzing call details through his bills.

 

Zahida tracked MLA's activities

 

Agency sources, citing entries in her diary, said Zahida tracked MLA's activities, including who he met and spoke with. An entry in her diary on a day before her alleged rival was killed records Zahida's anguish over the fact that Singh had not spoken to her for 2-3 days, but talked to Shehla for half-an-hour.

 

On another occasion, Zahida along with her employee Saba Farooqui, who was arrested on Friday, tailed Singh in her car when he visited Shehla's house and spent about half-an-hour there, sources claimed.

 

Her anger seemed to be peaking as shortly before the crime, Zahida scribbled in her personal diary "I will either commit suicide, or kill Masood".

 

To the investigators, the clinching entry was the one that Zahida scribbled on August 16, the day Shehla was murdered around 11.15 am outside her home. "I was depressed. Saquib had called around 11.15. He said 'mubarak ho. Ghar ke samne kaam ho gaya", Zahida wrote in the diary, the source said. According to sources, she and Saba engaged in some celebration after hearing about Shehla's killing.

 

Although investigators are in touch with Singh and plan to interrogate him, the BJP legislator is not regarded as a suspect yet.

 

Investigations have also established that Shehla was close to another BJP politician from Madhya Pradesh with whom she toured abroad for 40 days. The intimacy led to serious tensions within the MP's family.

 

The agency seems pleased with the progress in what was regarded as a blind case, with investigators doggedly trawling through reams of telephone call details to zero in on the accused -- Zahida and Saquib 'Danger' - and her link with contract killers from Kanpur -- Irfan and Shanu Alauga who was subsequently shot dead in a gang war.

 

It was while mining the details of calls that were made from the area where Shehla was gunned down that the investigators homed in on Saquib and his accomplices. Closer scrutiny of telephone calls showed that Saquib was in touch with Shanu who was present in the area at the time of the crime. Saquib's proximity to Zahida was brought out by the fact, sources claimed, that there were at least 60 calls between them.

 

The investigation revealed that Shanu called Saquib seven minutes after Shehla was shot dead outside her house on Bhopal, at 11.22 am, shooter Shanu had called Saquib and at 11.29 am, Saquib called Zahida to inform her about the killing.

 

Zahida came to know Saquib in 2007 when he came to collect payments on behalf of one of her business partners. Finding him useful, she allegedly developed a close friendship with Saquib and asked him to finish off Shehla for her. Sources said Saquib is believed to have told her that while he could not do the job himself, he knew some people who could do it.

 

Shanu, believed to have been killed in November last year and Irfan, who was subsequently arrested by UP Special Task Force in some case - were hired for a sum of Rs 3three lakh of which Rs 2 lakh was paid as advance.

 

 

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Shehla Mahsood murder: CBI quizzes BJP MLA Dhruv Narayan Singh

 

 

Reported by Timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Mar 4, 2012

Shehla Mahsood murder: CBI quizzes BJP MLA Dhruv Narayan Singh - The Times of India

 

BHOPAL: The CBI questioned controversial BJP MLA Dhruv Narayan Singh in connection with RTI activist Shehla Masood's murder on Saturday. The questioning that started at noon continued till late in the evening.

 

Singh was questioned over the soured love triangle involving him, Shehla and alleged key conspirator Zaheda Parvez, which the CBI suspects led to Shehla's murder.

 

CBI sources said that Singh was questioned earlier as well after his name had cropped up in the initial phase of the murder probe.

 

They said that suspicions over his involvement increased after the arrest of three accused, including Zaheda and the recovery of what sources claimed to be "clinching evidence".

 

Sources said that Singh was quizzed along with Zaheda, her assistant Saba Farooqui and Saquib Ali, a local goon accused of facilitating the killing, "to string together the evidence".

 

They said that after Shehla was shot dead on August 16 last year, her father had rung up Singh but he did not take the call. "He handed the phone to his friend and builder Sanjeev Gupta, who told the caller that the MLA was in a temple.

 

After a while, Zaheda rang up Gupta and told him that Shehla had been killed," a source said. The CBI has also summoned Gupta, currently out of town.

 

Sources said that Zaheda was allegedly jealous of Shehla for her proximity to Singh. "We have recovered certain evidence indicating the extent of closeness between Singh and Zaheda, from her office,'' the source said. In a related development, Zaheda's car, allegedly used to pay Rs 2 lakh to the killers has been traced. The car had been exchanged a few days back for another through a local car dealer.

 

CBI sources said that suspicions over Singh's involvement increased after the arrest of three accused, including Zaheda, and the recovery of what sources claimed to be "clinching evidence"

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Shehla Masood: The activist who knew too many

 

 

Reported by Anoop Dutta in Indiatoday.intoday.in on March 4, 2012

Shehla Masood: The activist who knew too many : North News - India Today

 

Till 2008, few people outside Shehla Masood's circle of friends knew about her. The former model was good looking but not glamorous,and focused on her event management company, Miracles.

 

 

Known for her radiant smile and a resonant voice, Masood started organising high-profile events sponsored by the Madhya Pradesh government's department of culture. That's when people started noticing her.

 

 

Politicians and bureaucrats were drawn to her. She dressed distinctively, had a smile that came easily, and an irreverent style, which found a platform in the RTI movement. In 2009, Masood launched an NGO named Uday and plunged into the movement founded by the noted development activist, Aruna Roy.

 

 

Masood had filed at least 40 RTI applications regarding violations of environmental rights. Her critics whispered that her activism was a sham, a blackmailing operation, but her contemporaries in the RTI movement didn't buy the line. "Shehla highlighted environmental issues and took up the matter of the deaths of tigers in wildlife sanctuaries across the state," says RTI activist Ajay Dubey.

 

 

Masood headed the Madhya Pradesh chapter of India Against Corruption, the group behind Anna Hazare. The activist, however, provided ammunition to her critics by getting close to politicians, notably BJP MLA Dhruv Narayan Singh and BJP national spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Tarun Vijay.

 

 

In 2009, Shehla even sought a BJP ticket to contest in the Bhopal Municipal Corporation elections. According to Masood's family members, the murdered event organiser-RTI activist and Tarun Vijay, who's also a former editor of the RSS mouthpiece Panchajanya, shared a special relationship - they travelled together to several parts of the country and organised events. A few hours before her murder on August 16, 2011, Shehla had a conversation on telephone with Tarun Vijay.

 

 

Why was Masood, the anti-corruption activist, so close to prominent members of the ruling party in the state? This question is to dog her when she was alive. And it keeps coming back to cast a shadow on her memory.

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Shehla murder case: BJP MLA’s house raided

 

 

Reported by Zeenews.india.com on March 05, 2012

Shehla murder case: BJP MLA

 

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The CBI team, which carried out the searches at the MLA's office at "45 Bungalow" this evening, refused to talk to the media.

 

The MLA, who reached the office as soon as the CBI team entered his bungalow, also left the place soon.

 

CBI officials had last night interrogated Singh for nearly six hours. Later, he had told the media that, "CBI had called me for questioning and I have told them whatever information I had on the issue. Whenever the agency would call me again, I will go there."

 

The BJP leader is alleged to have had close relations with Masood as well as arrested alleged mastermind Zahida Parvez which resulted in latter's resentment towards the activist.

 

The agency had recovered a personal diary of Parvez in which the investigators claimed to have found several entries showing her obsession with the legislator.

 

The sources said Parvez, who was an architect-cum-interior designer, allegedly came into contact with the MLA in 2007 and developed an intimate relationship with him.

 

CBI sources said that Parvez and Masood knew each other and it was the former who had introduced the activist with the MLA.

 

Parvez kept a close eye on the 'friendship' between Masood and the politician and allegedly went to the extent of trailing him along with her friend Saba Farooqui, who has also been arrested.

 

During the questioning of accused - Farooqui, Saquib and Parvez - sleuths found that Parvez was so obsessed with the MLA that she had kept one office staff just for monitoring his movements and analysing call details through his bills, the sources said.

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Shehla case: top CBI sleuth to probe BJP MLA's role

 

Reported by Hemender Sharma in Ibnlive.in.com on Mar 05, 2012

Shehla case: top CBI sleuth to probe BJP MLA's role - India News - IBNLive

 

New Delhi: A top CBI official will reach Bhopal on Monday to investigate BJP MLA Dhruv Narayan Singh's alleged role in the the RTI activist Shehla Massod's murder.

 

 

The central probe agency searched his premises on Sunday night. This a day after Singh was interrogated for 7 hours. The BJP leader is alleged to have been close to Shehla Masood.

 

 

Sources say that the accused Zahida Parvez who is in custody resented Shehla's closeness to the MLA. The CBI is believed to have found Zahida's diary which proves this theory.

 

 

The CBI team, which carried out the searches at the MLA's office at '45 Bungalow' in Bhopal on Sunday evening, refused to talk to the media.

 

 

The MLA, who reached the office as soon as the CBI team entered his bungalow, also left the place soon.

 

 

CBI officials had interrogated Singh for nearly seven hours. Later, he had told the media that, "CBI had called me for questioning and I have told them whatever information I had on the issue. Whenever the agency would call me again, I will go there."

 

 

The BJP leader is alleged to have had close relations with Masood as well as arrested alleged mastermind Zahida Parvez which resulted in latter's resentment towards the activist.

 

 

The agency had recovered a personal diary of Parvez in which the investigators claimed to have found several entries

showing her obsession with the legislator.

 

 

The sources said Parvez, who was an architect-cum-interior designer, allegedly came into contact with the MLA in 2007 and developed an intimate relationship with him.

 

 

CBI sources said that Parvez and Masood knew each other and it was the former who had introduced the activist with the MLA.

 

 

Parvez kept a close eye on the 'friendship' between Masood and the politician and allegedly went to the extent of trailing him along with her friend Saba Farooqui, who has also been arrested.

 

 

During the questioning of accused - Farooqui, Saquib and Parvez - sleuths found that Parvez was so obsessed with the MLA that she had kept one office staff just for monitoring his movements and analysing call details through his bills, the sources said.

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Shehla Masood murder: Accused Zahida was in cold war with victim, CBI says

 

 

Reported by Timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Mar 6, 2012

Shehla Masood murder: Accused Zahida was in cold war with victim, CBI says - The Times of India

 

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials claim that "a cold war was going on between Shehla Masood and Zahida Parvez for a long time" before the RTI activist was killed. However, there was no public showdown between the duo over BJP MLA Dhruv Narayan Singh. The agency is trying to find out "what exactly triggered which led to Zahida hiring contract killers".

 

CBI director A P Singh went to Bhopal on Monday to review the probe in the case.

 

Singh held a meeting with his officers, agency sources said. So far, three persons -interior designer Zahida Pervez, her assistant Saba Farooqi and Shakib Ali 'Danger' - have been arrested in the case. Another suspect Irfaan was held by the special task force of Uttar Pradesh Police in Kanpur.

 

Irfaan was allegedly hired by Shakib on Zahida's behalf to eliminate Shehla. According to preliminary probe, Zahida was jealous of Shehla's 'closeness' with MLA Singh. Irfaan reportedly told the UP Police that he, along with Shanu Aulanga and Salim, shot Shehla outside her house in Bhopal's posh Koh-e-Fiza locality on August 16, 2011.

 

Shanu was later killed in an unrelated incident in Kanpur; while Salim is still at large. CBI has also questioned MLA Singh, but is yet to find the weapon used in the crime. The CBI remand of the arrested persons ends on Tuesday.

 

Special CBI court in Kanpur on Monday allowed interrogation of Irfaan in Bhopal by the agency. The warrant for interrogation was handed over to the district jail authorities by a CBI team that had come from Indore.

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RTI activist Masood’s murder appears a crime of passion: CBI

 

Reported by Thehindu.com on March 6, 2012

The Hindu : News / National : RTI activist Masood

 

The murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood appears to be a “crime of passion” and whether it was part of any larger conspiracy is still a matter of investigation, CBI officials said on Tuesday.

 

“Investigations so far indicate the RTI activist’s murder appears to be a crime of passion. Whether or not the murder was part of a larger conspiracy is a matter of further probe,” the officials said here.

 

Specifically asked about the suspected role of Madhya Pradesh BJP MLA Dhruv Narayan Singh in the case, they said, “We have not given a clean chit to him.”

 

CBI has so far arrested three persons in connection with the case and they include city—based interior designer Zahida Pervez, her assistant Saba Farooqi and Shakib Ali ‘Danger’, an alleged history—sheeter.

 

Another suspect Irfaan was arrested by the Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh Police at Kanpur for another case.

“So far, it is clear that interior designer Zahida Pervez was the one who gave the contract for eliminating Shehla to Shakib Danger,” the officials alleged.

 

According to preliminary probe, Zahida was jealous of Masood’s alleged closeness with MLA Singh.

 

A CBI team with the support of local police had closely examined nearly nine lakh calls especially those made from Koh-e-Fiza, the area where Masood lived and where she was shot dead on August 16 last year.

 

The monitoring of calls found that Masood was shot dead at 11:19:30-40. At 11.26 am, a confirmation call was made to Zahida, the officials claimed.

 

It was Shakib ‘Danger’ who had allegedly arranged for killers from Kanpur on the instructions of Zahida and a deal involving Rs 5 lakh was struck. Of this amount, Rs 3 lakh was paid to the assailants, the officials alleged.

 

Though the details of the entire crime was revealed by the alleged shooter, Irfaan, CBI is still in the process of stitching together the entire episode. The Central agency was also looking out for another shooter involved in the crime.

 

A court in Kanpur has allowed CBI to interrogate Irfaan in Bhopal.

 

Meanwhile, CBI Director A P Singh, arrived here on Monday night to review the progress in the high-profile murder case.

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Reported by Dnaindia.com on Mar 9, 2012

RTI activist murder: BJP MLA to undergo lie-detection test - India - DNA

 

A special CBI court here has allowed the agency to put BJP MLA Dhruv Narayan Singh to lie detection test to ascertain his role in the murder of transparency activist Shehla Masood.

 

The CBI sources said the agency had sought the court's permission to conduct polygraph test on all suspects including architect Zahida Parvez, Saquib Ali, Saba Farooqui and Dhruv Narayan Singh, in Masood's murder case.

 

Singh gave his consent before the court today to undergo the polygraph test after which the court permitted the agency to conduct it on him.

 

The court has already permitted polygraph tests on three other suspects -- Parvez, Ali and Farooqui.

 

The agency, meanwhile, produced today another accused Irfan before the court, which remanded him to the CBI custody up to March 16.

 

Irfan was brought here by the Uttar Pradesh police on a production warrant and was produced in the court of Special Judicial Magistrate (CBI), Dr Shubra Singh, after he was formally arrested under section 302 (murder) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) in the Masood case, said CBI lawyer Hemant Shukla.

 

The central agency had sought his custody for interrogation.

 

While granting Irfan's custody to the CBI, the court directed it not to "torture" the accused, while and latter was directed to cooperate with investigation. The court also directed the CBI to get him medically examined and submit the report.

 

Irfan was arrested by the UP police in connection with the Masood murder case and during the investigation he allegedly revealed that it was the Bhopal-based interior designer Zahida Pervez, who had hired him through Saqib Danger for eliminating Shehla.

 

Irfan allegedly told interrogators that it was Shanu Aulanga who shot Shehla on August 16, 2011 in Bhopal. Aulanga was later killed at Kanpur in an encounter.

 

The CBI has already arrested Pervez, her close associate Saba Faroqui and Saqib. Another accused, Salim, is still at large.

 

The court has already allowed the CBI to subject the three accused to a polygraph test.

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Lie detector for BJP politician in Shehla Masood murder case

Bhopal: A CBI court has today ruled that a BJP leader from Bhopal will have to go through a lie detector test. Dhruv Narayan Singh, a MLA, has been interrogated thrice in connection with the murder of activist Shehla Masood who was found dead in her car last year.

 

Ms Masood's assassination was allegedly planned by Zahida Parvez, an interior decorator who was jealous of the activist's close friendship with Mr Singh. Ms Parvez was allegedly involved with the 53-year-old MLA, and stalked him secretly. The CBI believes she monitored his phone bills to track who he was in touch with, and followed him once to Ms Masood' home. These details were revealed by a diary that Ms Parvez fastidiously maintained; it is now important evidence against her.

 

The interior decorator who was arrested last week has consented to a lie detector test. Two men who helped her kill Ms Masood have also been arrested; so has a woman named Saba Farooqi who was close to Ms Parvez and was aware of her plans to murder the activist.

 

Mr Singh, the son of former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Govind Singh, was also chairman of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (MPTDC) and Bhopal Development Authority (BDA).

 

Read more at: Lie detector for BJP politician in Shehla Masood murder case

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Reported by Abhishek Saran in Hindustantimes.com on 10 March, 2012

CBI seizes sex CD of architect and BJP MLA in Shehla case - Hindustan Times

 

Architect Zahida Pervez, the suspected key conspirator in Right to Information (RTI) activist Shehla Masood’s murder in Bhopal, had allegedly made a sex video featuring her and a local BJP legislator Dhruv Narayan Singh in a compromising position, according to the CBI sources. The CBI recently grilled Singh over his role, if any, in the murder conspiracy.

 

“The agency has recovered a video made by Pervez, which recorded her and a Bhopal BJP legislator in compromising position. The CD was recovered during CBI's searches at Pervez's residential and official premises, along with other CDs and objects of evidentiary value including her diary. They will be sent for forensic examination,” confirmed the source.

 

CBI’s investigation has found the legislator was allegedly involved with several women, including Pervez and Masood, and the architect could have prepared the CD to rein him in.

 

“Pervez must have made the video out of insecurity and losing the legislator to other women. Her insecurity led Pervez to track the legislator's phone records and movements, and ultimately got Masood killed,” said the source.

The CBI is also verifying if Pervez had planned to use the video to blackmail the legislator at some stage.

 

The source confirmed the legislator will be asked about the video during a polygraph test.

 

The investigating agency does not think the legislator had any role in the murder.

 

“The legislator was aware of Pervez’s irritation with Masood since they had a few arguments about her in the past. But there is no evidence yet to suggest his role in the crime,” the source added. Masood was murdered in broad daylight on August 16 last year.

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Reported by Thehindu.com on March 11, 2012

The Hindu : News / National : Shehla murder: CBI grills BJP MLA

 

CBI on Sunday questioned Arun Pandey, BJP MLA Dhruv Narayan Singh’s ‘representative’, for nearly three hours in connection with the RTI activist Shehla Masood murder case.

 

“CBI had called me today for questioning, following which I came to the agency’s office,” Mr. Pandey told PTI.

 

“The agency officials questioned me about the MLA’s relationship with them (Masood), but I told them I have not seen them meeting, or have no information about their relationship,” he said.

 

However, Mr. Pandey added, “I told the CBI that Zahidaji (an accused) used to come to the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (MPTDC) office, as she was a listed architect of the Corporation.”

 

Mr. Pandey said that he told CBI that Zahida, who has been arrested in the case, used to visit the office to discuss the projects she was doing with the MPTDC.

 

Dhuruv Narayan is a former Chairman of MPTDC, which had hired Zahida for executing some development works.

 

Shehla too was close to the MLA, and had managed his poll campaign, the CBI sources said. According to CBI, Zahida hired killers to eliminate Shehla out of jealousy, as she resented Shehla’s growing closeness to Dhruv.

 

Earlier last week, the agency had questioned Dhruv Narayan Singh for nearly six hours at its Bhopal office.

 

CBI has also secured the court’s permission to subject Zahida, her close associate Saba Faroqui, Saqib Ali and the MLA to polygraph test.

 

Shehla Masood was shot dead in front of her house in Bhopal on August 16, 2011.

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Reported bY Zeenews.com on March 12, 2012

Shehla case: Zahida, aide say no to narco tests

 

Bhopal: In an interesting twist to the RTI activist Shehla Masood murder case, Zahida Pervez, the Bhopal-based interior designer, who is the main accused, and her close aides have refused to undergo a polygraph test on Monday.

 

They had earlier given their consent to the lie detection test, following which, the court allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct the tests on them.

 

Meanwhile, BJP MLA Dhruv Narayan Singh is also expected to undergo a polygraph test today in connection with the case.

 

The CBI had also earlier questioned Singh for his alleged role in the RTI activist's murder.

 

According to the central probe agency, Shehla Masood's murder appears to be a "crime of passion" and whether it was part of any larger conspiracy is yet to be ascertained.

 

"Investigations so far indicate the RTI activist's murder appears to be a crime of passion. Whether or not the murder was part of a larger conspiracy is a matter of further probe," the CBI officials told reporters.

 

When asked whether the CBI has given a clean chit to the BJP MLA in the case, they said, "We have not given a clean chit to him yet."

 

The CBI has so far arrested three persons in connection with the case and they include designer Zahida Pervez, her assistant Saba Farooqi and Shakib Ali 'Danger', an alleged history-sheeter.

 

Another suspect Irfaan was arrested by the Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh Police at Kanpur for another case.

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However, the CBI is clear that Pervez was the one who gave the contract for eliminating Shehla to Shakib Danger. The preliminary interrogation of all the accused has revealed that Zahida was jealous of Masood's alleged closeness with MLA Singh.

 

A CBI team with the support of local police had closely examined nearly nine lakh calls especially those made from Koh-e-Fiza, the area where Masood lived and where she was shot dead on August 16 last year.

 

The monitoring of calls found that Masood was shot dead at 11:19. At 11.26 am, a confirmation call was made to Zahida, the probe agency claimed.

 

It was Shakib 'Danger' who had allegedly arranged for killers from Kanpur on the instructions of Zahida and a deal involving Rs 5 lakh was struck. Of this amount, Rs 3 lakh was paid to the assailants, the officials alleged.

 

Though the detail of the entire crime was revealed by the alleged shooter, Irfaan, the CBI is still in the process of stitching together the entire episode. The Central agency is also looking out for another shooter involved in the crime.

 

A court in Kanpur has allowed the CBI to interrogate Irfaan in Bhopal.

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Reported by Timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Mar 13, 2012

Zaheeda avoids lie detector test - The Times of India

 

BHOPAL: Lie detector test on Zaheeda Parvez, the alleged key conspirator in RTI activist Shehla Masood murder case, could not be conducted for the third consecutive day on Monday as she avoided the polygraph, citing uneasiness.

 

Her close associate, Saba Farooqui, who is also an accused in the case also skipped the test.

 

The two had agreed to undergo the lie detector test in the special CBI court in Indore, earlier. Zaheeda declined to undergo the test on Monday, citing uneasiness, CBI sources said.

 

The investigations into the murder case moved further with the seizure of an Activa scooter, apparently used in the crime, they said.

 

BJP MLA Dhurv Narayan Singh had also given his consent for undergoing polygraph test after he was grilled several times by the CBI sleuths in connection with the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood, who was found dead in her car with a bullet injury on her neck on August 16 last year. "CBI did not call the MLA for the test on Monday," sources close to the BJP legislator said.

 

CBI investigations so far into the murder case has led to the arrest of interior designer Zaheeda Parvez, her friend Saba Farooqui, and Shakib Ali alias Danger, an alleged history-sheeter.

 

Danger is alleged to have arranged a contract killer from Kanpur to eliminate the activist.

 

According to preliminary investigation, the motive behind the crime is that Zaheeda was jealous of Masood's alleged closeness with MLA Singh.

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Shehla murder case: CBI to file chargesheet by May 26

 

 

Reported by Indianexpress.com on May 18, 2012

Shehla murder case: CBI to file chargesheet by May 26 - Indian Express

 

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would file a chargesheet in the RTI activist Shehla Masood murder case in special CBI court on May 26, its public prosecutor said today.

 

"Before completion of 90 days of the case, the CBI is bound to file the chargesheet in the court," senior public prosecutor Hemant Shukla told reporters here.

 

"Chargesheet would be filed on or before May 26," he said, adding there was no need to inform the CBI court as the agency got the legal limitation of 90 days after registering and arresting the accused.

 

Earlier, special CBI court judicial magistrate Shubhra Singh extended the judicial custody of all the five accused in the murder case of Shehla till May 26.

 

The accused - Bhopal based-interior designer Zahida Pervez, her colleague Saba Farooqui, Shakib 'Danger', Irfan and Tabish were produced before the magistrate.

 

On their way to the court, the two women accused remained tight-lipped and covered their faces with scarves even as media asked them questions.

 

Shehla was shot dead outside her residence at posh Koh-e-fiza locality in Bhopal on August 16, 2011.

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Shehla Masood murder case: HC denies bail to Zahida and Saba

 

As Published in DNA, Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012, 23:05 IST Shehla Masood murder case: HC denies bail to Zahida and Saba - India - DNA

Place: Indore | Agency: PTI

 

The Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court today rejected bail applications of Zahida Pervez and Saba Farooqui who are among the five accused in the RTI activist Shehla Masood murder case.

 

"Justice PK Jaiswal refused to grant the relief to the duo on the ground that they are being tried in the CBI Special Court in Indore," senior Public Prosecutor Hemant Shukla said.

 

The high court has posted the matter for further hearing on December 29.

"In view of the serious nature of the crime and Saba being a co-accused along with the prime accused Zahida, it is not appropriate to release them on bail," Jaiswal said.

 

Sunil Srivastava who represented Saba in the court pleaded for her release, saying she was suffering from a spleen disorder and the prosecution witnesses produced in the trial court could not prove any charge against her.

Zahida's counsels Ajay Bagaria and Zahid Khan argued that she be granted bail under section 437 of CrPC since she is a woman and has two minor girls to look after.

 

However, the court turned down the applications. Saba and Zahida's bail pleas were earlier rejected by the Special CBI Court judge Anupam Srivastava on the same grounds cited by high court today.

 

Shehla had been shot dead near her residence in Bhopal's Koh-e-Fiza locality on August 16 last year allegedly by Saqib Danger, hired by Zahida.

 

Zahida, along with four other accused, namely, Saba Farooqui, Tabish, Saqib Danger and Irfan are presently lodged in Indore jail.

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