Saba Farooqui, one of the accused in the RTI activist Shehla Masood murder case, on Friday alleged that CBI was shielding BJP MLA Dhruv Narayan Singh.

On her way to the special CBI court, Ms. Farooqui, when asked by the reporters who was the main culprit according to her, said, “Dhruv Narayan is the main culprit. The CBI is protecting him.”

Ms. Farooqui, an associate of the main accused in the case, Zahida Pervez, added: “If he is not a culprit, then why did BJP seek his resignation as vice president (of the state unit)?”

Stating that Ms. Pervez was being falsely implicated, Ms. Farooqui also alleged that CBI had got a certain CD related to the case, but was not disclosing this.

Ms. Farooqui was on Friday produced before the special judge, Judicial Magistrate Shubhra Singh. She, however, refused to give a statement under section 164 of Criminal Procedure Code.

Public Prosecutor Hemant Shukla said that her refusal to give statement won’t affect the case as CBI had enough evidence.

CBI had questioned Dhruv Narayan last month in connection with the case. According to the agency’s preliminary theory, Ms. Pervez, who had an intimate relationship with the MLA, got jealous because of Shehla Masood’s growing closeness to him, and therefore had the RTI activist shot dead in August last year.

The CBI has arrested five persons in the case so far.