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Rizwanur case: 'CBI acted beyond mandate'

The West Bengal Govt alleges before the Calcutta HC that the CBI acted beyond its mandate by registering a murder case in the case.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2008 07:04 PM IST

The West Bengal government on Wednesday alleged before the Calcutta High Court that the CBI had acted beyond its mandate by registering a murder case in the Rizwanur Rehman death case.

Opposing the findings of CBI,including the abetment charges against some senior police officers and Rizwanur's industrialist father-in-law Ashok Todi, Advocate General Balai Roy submitted before Justice Dipankar Dutta that the court had only directed the CBI to investigate the cause of the death, but it went beyond that by filing the FIR under section 302 (murder) of IPC.

As such, whatever it has done besides finding that the young man had committed suicide, was beyond the scope of the order of the court and as such illegal.

The CBI had filed the FIR against Todi and others.

In its report, the CBI said the computer graphics teacher had committed suicide.

The CBI in its report sought permission to file chargesheet against the then deputy commissioner (detective department) Ajoy Kumar and two officers of his department alongwith Todi, uncles Pradip and Anil Saraogi and Mohiuddin alias Pappu for abetment to suicide, criminal intimidation and conspiracy.

Pappu, a family friend of the Rehmans, had allegedly threatened Rizwanur to allow his wife, Priyanka, to go back to her parents at the behest of the Todis.

The CBI report also requested the state government to take appropriate action, after going through the report, against the then Kolkata Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee for making adverse comments in the press on the interference of police in a legal marriage and also for accepting hundreds of t-shirts from Todi's hosiery company for a Kolkata Police programme.

Mukherjee is at present the ADG (telecom) with the West Bengal police.

It also asked for major disciplinary action against the then DCP (headquarters) Gyanwant Singh and some officers of Karaya police station.

Rizwanur had married Priyanka Todi, daughter of Ashok Todi under the Special Marriage Act on August 18 last year and began living with her at his residence from August 21.

It was alleged that Rizwanur and Priyanka were summoned to the Kolkata Police headquarters at Lalbazar thrice at the behest of Todi and his relatives and she returned to her father's home on the third occasion on September eight following a written assurance by her uncle that she could return to her in-laws after a week. But she never returned.

Rizwanur's body was found lying beside rail tracks on September 21.

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