Irfan, one of the co-accused who has turned approver in the high profile RTI activist Shehla Masood murder case, was on Wednesday cross-examined by the defence counsel in the court of special CBI judge Rajiv Kumar Ayachi.
During the cross-examination, the defence lawyer questioned him on his varying statements before the court. Notably, Irfan’s statement was recorded at a closed-door hearing before special judges on March 24, 2012 and later on August 14, 2014, after which he requested the CBI special judge that he wanted to become government witness.
Advocate Sunil Shrivastava, counsel for Saba Farooqui, who is co-accused in the case, said during the cross examination, Irfan claimed that both his statements given in the court of special CBI judge Shubhra Singh and special CBI judge Rajiv Kumar Ayachi are true.
During the previous cross-examination, Irfan had claimed before the trial court here that he did not speak the truth earlier, as a co-accused had offered him money and also threatened him if he did otherwise.
Advocate Shrivastava said during the cross-examination, the defence asked Irfan whether the CBI official present or was he handcuffed at the time of recording his statement before special CBI judge Shubhra Singh under section 164 of the CrPC, Irfan replied in yes. The defence lawyer asked whether the judge or investigation agency officials checked his identity card before recording his statement, he replied in negative. While replying to Shrivastava’s question on whether he read his statement, Irfan said he was an illiterate and doesn’t know reading and writing.