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Todi to remain an accused in Rizwanur case: SC

kolkata Updated: Sep 11, 2010 01:31 IST
Bhadra Sinha

The Supreme Court on Friday said Ashok Todi continued to remain an accused even as the Calcutta High Court had ordered the CBI to probe the mysterious death of Rizwanur Rehman, who married the business tycoon's daughter, as a murder case.

The order giving fresh directions to CBI was passed despite the agency registering an attempt to suicide case against Todi and other accused.

While staying the High Court direction to the CBI a bench said all consequential proceedings arising out of the HC order would have no effect.

The apex court asked Todi and others to file fresh bail bonds before the trial judge and posted the matter for final disposal to October 5.

The court passed the order on CBI's appeal challenging the High Court order directing it to conduct fresh investigation and register a murder case.

Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium said the HC order was in contravention to the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code.

He informed the bench that the agency had already filed the chargesheet in the matter. Subramanium added that due to the HC order the trial of the case had come to a stand still and all accused stood discharged.

Todi too has challenged the order. The SC said that it will hear both the appeals together.

It had observed that Justice Soumitra Pal in his earlier order had only directed the CBI to investigate the cause of the death and file a report and had not authorised it to investigate the crime.