INDORE: Three years after murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood, special CBI court in Indore on Thursday directed Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that barring her gold chain her belongings, which were seized at the time of investigation, be handed over to family members.

The order came over a private petition filed by Sultan Masood, father of Shehla requesting to return belongings of her daughter. When investigation began, CBI had seized a car in which Shehla was killed, laptop and other items. The court observed investigation is complete so CBI should return belongings to family members.

RTI activist Shehla Masood was killed in front of her house in the car in Koh-e-Fiza area of Bhopal on August 16 in 2011. After completing investigation, CBI had filed a 2500-page charge-sheet in May 2012 before special CBI court in Indore. Zahida Pervez, Saba Farooqui, Shaqib Ali (danger) Irfan and Tabish were made prime accused in the case.

For three years, trial is in progress in special CBI court in Indore. In meantime, shooter Irfan turned government approver and Saba Farooqui was shifted to Ujjain jail from Indore jail because of her fights with jail inmates.

Earlier in morning, all five accused were brought to court for hearing. When Irfan was taken to court for recording his statement, he complained of uneasiness and pleaded to defer hearing. Following it, hearing in the case was deferred and next hearing is scheduled for October 30 and 31.