The Central Bureau of Investigation arrested architect Zahida Pervez for the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood on Tuesday here.
Ms. Zahida Pervez, according to the CBI, hired a contract killer and had the RTI activist murdered because of some personal rivalry.
“In a major breakthrough, the CBI arrested a Bhopal-based Interior Designer in an on-going investigation in connection with killing of Ms. Shehla Masood...she is allegedly believed to be a conspirator in the killing. Another person, understood to have been hired by the accused lady, has also been arrested by the CBI,” read an official statement on the agency's website.
Ms. Pervez is the owner of “Design Era”, a Bhopal-based architecture and design firm.
With this, the CBI has finally tasted success in a case that had fuelled a thousand speculations since August last, when Ms. Masood was murdered in broad daylight outside her residence in Bhopal's posh Koh-e-fiza locality.
The Delhi unit of the CBI had taken over the case last year after the agency's Bhopal unit couldn't make much headway in the case even after announcing reward of Rs. 5 lakh for any credible information on the murder. The Delhi unit had later hiked the reward amount to Rs. 10 lakh.
The arrested persons will be produced in a Bhopal court tomorrow.