Shehla Masood murder case trial to begin from Aug 30

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A special has approved the CBI's part-trial programme on August 30 and 31 to hear four witnesses in the Shehla Masood murder case. A special has approved the CBI's part-trial programme on August 30 and 31 to hear four witnesses in the Shehla Masood murder case.
SummaryAll 5 accused in the case were produced in the court when it approved the trial programme.

The Special CBI court today fixed the trial from August 30 in RTI activist Shehla Masood murder case, involving five accused.

Special Judge (CBI) Anupam Srivastava approved the CBI's part-trial programme on August 30 and 31 to hear four witnesses, senior public prosecutor H K Shukla said in his submission to the court here.

All five accused in the case - Zahida (interior designer and the main accused), Saba Farooqui, Saquib Ali alias Danger, Irfan and Tabish were produced in the court when it approved the trial programme.

On August 30, two witnesses - Sultan Masood, father of Shehla, and her relative Sayyed Rahil Hussain would undergo trial, while on August 31, the other witnesses – Sohail Athar Zaidi and M R Uikey would undergo the same.

The court admitted a bail plea of Saba Farooqui, the co-accused in the case, and decided to put it up on August 17, her lawyer Sunil Srivastava told reporters here.

The bail plea was filed on the ground of Saba's illness as she had a spleen disease, the lawyer said.

The jail authorities have also stopped assigning her hard work in the undertrial custody, he added.

The court also appointed Mahendra Morya as government legal aid for Irfan, who had earlier made the demand.

On a joint petition of defence lawyers seeking documentary evidences in original, the special judge also directed the CBI to provide at the earliest the photo prints (not photo copies) of Shehla Masood's pictures from death to postmortem, despite the senior public prosecutor claimed that the charge sheet was annexed with the pictures and documents.

Defence lawyers Sunil Srivastava and A Wahid Khan told the court that the such documents were not clear in images as they were available as photocopies.

Later Khan told reporters, "Shehla's purse, a few files, and other important RTI documents present on the dash board of the car where she was allegedly found murdered were not made available to them... It appears Bhopal Police acted immediately and procured the documents after Shehla's alleged murder and they were concealed or not revealed in the case."

Khan said he would move an appeal on behalf of his clients Tabish and Saquib against the decision of Special Court of CBI in the Indore bench of High Court for shifting of case to Bhopal under section 177 of CrPC.

While coming out of the court, Zahida and Saba told reporters there was nothing that they would like to

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