Indore: The hearing in the case relating to the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood yesterday took an interesting turn with her father pleading before a CBI court that the case be transferred to Bhopal.
The plea was made on behalf of Shehla’s father Masood Sultan by his advocate Faizan Hussain.
The court fixed 22 June as the date for hearing the plea.
Later, Hussain told reporters that there were 150 witnesses in the case all of whom faced trouble travelling to Indore for hearings.
A similar plea for transferring the case was made in the court by the main accused Zahida Pervez.
But CBI counsel Hemant Shukla said the plea should not be entertained as it was filed without consulting the prosecution.
Accused seeks to record statement again
Irfan, accused in Masood’s murder case yesterday told the CBI court that he would like to depose before it again, claiming that his previous statement was made under duress.
Irfan, who hails from Kanpur, alleged that he was forced by CBI officers to give his statements during hearing on 24 March.
Irfan was yesterday produced before special CBI magistrate Shubhra Singh along with four other accused. “We have sought to make a fresh submission to the court and annul the statement made earlier,” his lawyer told reporters.
He claimed that CBI officers had threatened his client that if he did not name another accused Saquib Ali ‘Danger’ in the case, they would book his (Irfan’s) wife under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
The lawyer said that Irfan yesterday told the court that he would reveal the names of some politicians in connection with the murder case.