The Supreme Court today set aside a Calcutta High Court order for registration of murder case against prominent industrialist Ashok Kumar Todi and some police officers in the mysterious death of computer graphics teacher Rizwanur Rahman.
However, the court upheld the earlier orders of the High Court for a probe against the accused by the CBI under section 306 IPC (abetment of suicide).
The court also permitted the CBI to proceed against the accused police officers and the other accused in accordance with law.
A bench of Justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan termed as "unacceptable" the division bench order of May 18, 2010 for registration of cases under 302 (murder) and 120-B(criminal conspiracy) IPC against the accused.
The apex court passed the judgement on the cross appeals filed by the CBI and the Todis challenging the direction of the High Court for registration of murder cases against them despite the agency earlier registering cases under section 306 IPC and other relevant sections.
Rizwanur was found dead near railway tracks in Dumdum area of Kolkata on September 21, 2007, just a month after his marriage to Ashok Todi's daughter Priyanka on August 18, 2007.