The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) produced a witness before a special court on Friday in the high-profile murder case of activist Shehla Masood.
The witness, Sunil Kumar Yadav, a technical staff of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, was present with the CBI officers when they seized electronic gadgets from the residence of the prime accused, Zahida Parvez.
The CBI is of the opinion that the articles seized from Parvez’s residence can prove to be crucial in solving many unanswered questions.
The investigative agency produced the seized articles before the court, and Yadav answered in affirmative that the seizure was done before him.
Defence counsel Sunil Shrivastava pointed that the CBI did not issue any written notice to the witness before conducting the seizure at Parvez’s residence.
He questioned why the packet containing the seized articles was open before it was produced in the CBI court.
Shrivastava also raised questions on why the CBI officers failed to follow rules before carrying out the raid. The lawyer is representing Saba Farooqui, a co-accused in the murder case.
Yadav admitted in the court that the packet was sealed in front of him, and added that no one except the officials was present during the seizure.
“As per law, the confiscation should be carried in presence of at least one member from Parvez’s residence,” Shrivastava said. The next hearing is scheduled on January 29.
Masood was shot dead inside her car in front of her house in Bhopal on August 16, 2011. The CBI suspected that she was killed because of her rivalry with Parvez for the affection of BJP legislator Dhruv Narayan Singh.