No clean chit to BJP legislator in Shehla murder case: CBI

March 6th, 2012 - 3:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhopal, March 6 (IANS) Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Tuesday denied giving a “clean chit” to BJP legislator Dhruv Narayan Singh in the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood.

The CBI also described the murder as a “crime of passion”.

CBI director A.P. Singh reached Bhopal Monday night to review the case.

Officers of the premier agency told reporters here that they are not sure whether the Bhopal legislator is a mastermind of the crime, but had not given him a clean chit.

Masood was killed near her house in the state capital on Aug 16 last year.

The CBI took up the case in September and so far three people - architect Zahida Parvez, her friend Saba Farooqui and city based criminal Shaqib ‘Danger’ - have been arrested by the agency. A contract killer from Kanpur, Irfan, has been arrested by the special task force in Uttar Pradesh.

“So far, it seems that Zahida had contacted Shaqib to eliminate Shehla,” officials told reporters.

The officers said that with the support of local police they had so far examined 900,000 call details in the case.

They claimed that they will solve the high profile case in one month’s time.

Meanwhile, in Indore the three accused Zahida, Saba and Shaqib were presented before a special CBI court. The three are in CBI custody and Tuesday, the court of Shubra Singh granted them remand till March 13.

The court also accept CBI officials request to conduct lie detector test on the accused.

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