Petitioners seek CBI enquiry into Rizwanur's death

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Kolkata, Oct 15 (UNI) The eight-day-long hearing on the Rizwanur Rahman case ended today at Calcutta High Court with the petitioners seeking a CBI enquiry in the case.

Lawyer Kalyan Banerjee, representing petitioner Rizwanur's mother Kishwar Jahan and APDR lawyer Joymalya Baagchi argued before the bench of Justice Soumitro Pal demanding proper investigation into the case, which was still shrowded in mystery.

However, Advocate General Balai Ray opposed the demand on grounds that the case was already under the CID scanner and undergoing judicial enquiry.

The court is likely to spell out an interim verdict on the case tomorrow, before it closes for the Durga Puja vacation, lawyer Kalyan Banerjee told reporters.

Social activist Mahasweta Devi and eminent lawyer Siddharth Sankar Ray were present in the packed court room here, where Mr Bagchi pleaded before the bench seeking a CBI enquiry into the death of Rizwanur Rahman. The case had been filed by Rizwanur's mother Kishwar Jahan and brother Rukbanur Rahman.

After the hearing, Mahasweta Devi told reporters that she was ''shocked at the tragic death of such a bright young man'' like Rizwanur and that it needed a proper enquiry to bring truth to the forefront.

''The CBI is the right investigating agency to do the job,'' she said and added, ''I cannot think of such an incident in a civilised society.'' Mr Ray, fomer Chief Minister of West Bengal, said he was yet to receive a reply from Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to his letter relating to Rizwanur's death.

''The state government appears to be in trouble concerning this case,'' he told reporters before leaving the court.

Meanwhile, Snehasis Ganguly, Sourav Ganguly's elder brother, who was made a party in the case, has filed an application before the court, praying that his name be excluded from the case, since he had no connection with it in any way.

UNI

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