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CBI files chargesheet against 7 accused

After a year's probe, the CBI files chargesheet against 7, including Ashok Todi and an IPS officer, accused for allegedly abetting the victim to commit suicide.

india Updated: Sep 22, 2008 22:55 IST

After a year's probe, the CBI on Monday filed chargesheet in a local court against seven accused persons, including industrialist Ashok Todi and an IPS officer, in Rizwanur Rahman death case for allegedly abetting the victim to commit suicide.

After a day-long legal wrangling over production of the original FIR before filing of the chargesheet, the document was filed in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate who asked the accused to appear before it on October 27.

The court, which passed the order at 9:00 pm, took cognisance of the charges against all the seven and issued summons against them to appear before it on October 27.

The CBI filed the chargesheet against Rizwanur's father- in-law and influential industrialist Ashok Todi, his brother Pradeep, brother in-law Anil Saraogi, IPS officer and former Deputy Commissioner of Kolkata Police Ajay Kumar, former Assistant Commissioner of Police Sukanti Chakraborty, sub-inspector Krishnendu Das and Rizwanur's neighbour Moinuddin alias Pappu.

According to the CBI probe, the Todis had allegedly used pressure tactics to drive Rizwan to suicide.

CBI has sought to prosecute the seven persons on charges of abetting it, criminal intimidation and conspiracy.

CBI's lawyer Partha Tapaswi prayed before the magistrate that he be allowed to file the chargesheet and that cognisance of the offence be taken.

He also pleaded that the court begin process against all the seven accused to face trial.

Though the CBI started the process of filing the chargesheet at 1.15 pm, the defence lawyers argued that the FIR be produced before filing of the chargesheet.

Tapaswi then submitted before Chief Metropolitan Mgistrate SS Anand that the copy of the FIR was with the court administration and the agency had its acceptance letter.

After much wrangling between the prosecution and the defence over production of the FIR, the CMM directed that records of the case, which were in the court's custody, be produced before the court of magistrate which would take up the case.

The records, including the original FIR, were produced before the magistrate's court at 7.00 pm, after which the hearing for filing of the chargesheet started.

The defence counsels, led by Bistu Chowdhury, objected claiming that the court could not hear a case at 7.00 pm as it was supposed to sit from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm.

They also claimed the FIR was originally filed in Delhi and before transferring the case here, CBI had not taken permission from the Supreme Court.

The CBI counsel said the central investigating agency has jurisdiction all over India and so the question did not arise.

Hearing both the parties, the magistrate accepted the CBI prayer for filing the chargesheet and issued summons.