The much awaited bail plea of Zahida Parvez, one of the main accused of Shehla Masood case, was rejected on Thursday.Earlier on Tuesday, Special judge Anupam Srivastava had rejected the bail application of Zahida’s accomplice Saba Farooqui.
In an hour long argument, the court rejected the defence counsel's argument seeking relief on the ground that Zahida has got two minor daughters to take care of and that she had already spent six months in jail. The judge said, “It is not necessary to give benefit of bail to Zahida because she was a working lady and a qualified architect.”
“Because of love and affection for someone, she (Zahida) never mentioned the names of her daughters or family members in her personal diary (in which she used to regularly make entries and which is now in CBI custody),” the judge said, apparently making a reference to the agency's argument that she neglected her children.
Upholding the prosecution's contention to deny bail to her, the court said there was an allegation on record that Zahida paid an amount of Rs 3 lakh personally to co-accused Saqib Ali as a consideration for carrying out the killing.
Zahida filed an application on August 10 and sought bail on the ground that she has to be at home to take care of her family members, including two minor children.
Her counsel Bhojwani submitted that under the law an under trial could be given bail unless there are strong reasons to believe that once released, she/he may flee or distort and destroy evidences.
“In Zahida's case, the evidences are documented and are lying with the prosecution, she has got immovable property in Bhopal and she has been in jail for the last six months,” Bhojwani argued