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Rizwanur case: Govt rules out CBI inquiry

The West Bengal CM tells a group of Muslim leaders that Kolkata police chief Prasun Mukherjee won't be removed.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Kolkata
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2007 07:53 PM IST

The West Bengal government has ruled out a CBI probe into the mysterious death of computergraphics teacher Rizwan-ur-Rehman, Muslim leaders claimed after a meeting with Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Thursday.

Bhattacharjee is also reported to have told a delegation of the Muslim leaders that Kolkata police commissioner Prasun Mukherjee, DCP (Headquarters) Gyanwant Singh and DCP (Detective Department) Ajay Kumar would not be removed from their posts following allegations that they had put pressure on Rizwan to separate from his Hindu wife.

The officers are under the scanner after the incident triggered a public outcry amid demands for stern action against them.

"We told the chief minister that we have no confidence in the CID which is investigating the case and demanded a CBI enquiry. He said that he saw no difference between the CBI and the CID," state general secretary of Jamiat-Ulem-e-Hind Siddiqulla Chowdhury said.

According to Chowdhury, the chief minister also told there was no question of removing the CP and the two DCPs.

"We demanded their removal till the inquiries were over, but the CM said no, they will appear before the investigating agency whenever called. He said that even he would go to the investigating agency if called," Chowdhury said.

He said the chief minister also ruled out the demand of the Muslim leaders to appoint a sitting judge for the judicial enquiry into the case. "He said, a judge is a judge and the law will take its own course".

Chowdhury said the leaders were assured by Bhattacharjee that investigations into the Rizwanur case would reach a conclusion and action would be taken accordingly. "He asked us to give him a few months and have confidence in him."

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