Bhopal/New Delhi, March 2 - The CBI Friday arrested a woman friend of Zahida Parvez, an interior designer arrested for the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood.
According to the Central Bureau of Investigation, Saba Farooqui was aware of the murder and is believed to have assisted Parvez in the conspiracy.
The CBI had Feb 28 arrested Parvez along with a man whom she had allegedly hired to kill Masood. Both are in CBI custody upto March 6.
Pervez had reportedly told the CBI that she had had developed an animosity to Masood and hired a contract killer to eliminate her.
According to informed sources, the murder was an outcome of an extra-marital affair.
The 32-year-old Masood was shot dead in front of her house Aug 16 last year. The CBI took over the case three weeks after the murder.
The Bhopal unit of the CBI was looking into the murder since the first week of September and announced a reward of Rs.5 lakh for information that would lead to the assailants.
As it failed to make any headway, the probe was handed over to the Delhi team of the CBI.
Besides arresting Saba Farooqui, the CBI also recovered a motorcycle used in the killing as well as a diary said to belong to Zahida Parvez.
'The diary also put light on the role of a Bhopal BJP MLA who is under the CBI scanner,' a source in Bhopal said.