Shehla case trial adjourned [DNA : Daily News & Analysis (India)]
(DNA : Daily News & Analysis (India) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) A Special CBI court on Wednesday adjourned the ongoing trial in RTI activist Shehla Masood murder case till March 8 after prosecution witness failed to furnish original call record
The court will also hear the bail applications moved by alleged shooters Tabish and Shaqib Ali 'Danger' on March 8.
The cross examination of the witnesses from Wednesday would continue till the next hearing. The special CBI Judge Anupam Srivastava ordered adjournment on the request by
Saidutt Bohre and Santosh Jadhav - both employees of mobile service providers - appeared before the court when Saji Kumar, Pradeep Singh - Telecom Company officials recorded their statements.
The witnesses on Wednesday could not furnish original call record documents cited as evidence. Both witnesses will now depose before the court on March 8.
The call details, believed to have transpired among the accused and other people connected with the case, were part of the charge sheet filed by CBI last year.
Defence counsel Sunil Srivastava, representing co-accused Saba Farooqui, said it was prosecution tactic to delay the trial. "This is surprising the prosecution is not prepared for the trial. It had in the past instances also returned its own witness," he further alleged. Senior public prosecutor Hemant Shukla denying the charge said, "The originals of the records would be furnished before the court on the next
Interior designer Zahida Parvez and her colleague Saba Farooqui are the key accused chargesheeted by the agency.
Danger, Tabish and Irfan are co-accused. Shehla was shot dead outside her house in Bhopal's posh Koh-E-Fiza locality on August 16, 2011.
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