The Calcutta High Court on Thursday opened the CBI report on Rizwanur Rahaman’s death, which concludes that he had committed suicide.
The report also held five policemen, Rizwanur’s father-in-law Ashok Todi, his relatives and a real estate agent guilty of abetting Rizwanur’s suicide.
The CBI has sought the court’s permission to file a chargesheet against the then DC(DD) Ajoy Kumar, AC (ARS) Sukanti Chakraborty, SI (ARS) Krishnendu Das, industrialist Ashok Todi, Pradip Todi, Anil Saraogi and Md. Mayuddin for prosecuting them for criminal intimidation, abetting suicide and criminal conspiracy. If guilty, they have to serve up to ten years in jail.
The agency, however, let off the then Commissioner of Police Prasun Mukherjee and only recommended departmental proceedings against him and major disciplinary proceedings against the then DC(HQ) Gyanwant Singh, SI of Karaya police station Pulak Datta and Jayanta Mukherjee.
Accepting the CBI report, Justice Dipankar Datta said: “A prima facie case has been made out for proceeding further against some of the respondents ...”
The judge, however, refused to supply a copy of CBI report to anyone and fixed March 11 for passing directions to the CBI for proceeding further. “Till the report is forwarded to the concerned court empowered to take cognisance of the offences, the accused and others have not right to have a copy thereof,” the judge said.
The judge also directed Prasun, Ajoy, Gyanwant, Sukanti and Krishnendu to answer the charges of interfering with the marriage of Rizwanur with Hindu girl, Priyanka, by summoning them to Lalbazar without registering a case at the instance of Ashok Todi.
Home Secretary reaction - When asked to comment on the High Court observation in the Rizwanur Rehman case, state Home Secretary, Prasad Ranjan Ray, said “I can’t comment before I get the copy of the High Court order. I have heard that the judge has read out some parts of the CBI report. The hearings are scheduled for March 11, 12 and 13. Lets all wait for the High Court to give a decision as there’s no point doing hypothetical discussion. We would certainly adhere with the High Court directive”.