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Killer made approver in murder case

Posted on: March 19, 2017

Can a person, who pulls the trigger to kill, be made an Approver in a murder case?

Yes, if it is a high-profile case, the CBI is the investigating agency and there is an obliging judge. This has happened in the Shehla Masood murder case

The CBI submitted the charge-sheet before Special CBI Judge at Indore on May 25, 2012. The charge-sheet said: ‘On August 16 (2011) at around 11-20 hrs Shehla Masood walked out of her house and sat in her car. When she was searching for something in her bag, Irfan jerked open the door on the driver’s side and shot at Shehla with country-made weapon after thrusting the weapon in her neck.’

Later the CBI made Irfan the Approver in the case which the court allowed under the provisions of Section 307 of Cr P C.

In his new role as Approver, Irfan told the court that trigger was squeezed by Tabish.

Special CBI judge at Indore B K Paloda accepted the CBI argument that Zahida Parvez, an interior designer, was jealous of Shehla Masood’s closeness to BJP MLA Dhruva Narayan Singh and had hired contract killers through Saqib. The judge sentenced to life imprisonment both of them as well as Zahida’s associate Saba Farooqi and Tabish. The fifth accused, Irfan, was naturally shown clemency as he had turned approver.

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