HC orders CBI to chargesheet all accused in Rizwanur case

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Kolkata, Aug 14 (UNI) Calcutta High Court today ordered CBI to issue chargesheet against all eight accused in the Rizwanur Rahman murder case which triggered controversy over the shody handling of the case by the police.

Justice Dipankar Dutta held that the role of the police in the case was ''totally unconstitutional'' and expressed dissatisfaction over the manner in which the case was handled.

''This is shocking that a youth had to die after marrying a girl of another religion,'' Justice Dutta observed.

The court held that the enquiry by the state agency CID was "illegal" and directed CBI to move the case in an appropriate lower court.

The court issued the ruling on a writ petition filed by the victim Rizwanur Rahman's elder brother Rukbanur and his widowed mother.

Earlier, the court ordered a CBI investigation into the unnatural death of Rizwanur.

The CBI placed the report before the court after over three months of investigation and sought permission of the bench to file chargesheet against former police commissioner Prasun Mukherjee and three senior police officials as well as four others including father of the girl whom Rizwanur married.

Computer graphics designer Rizwanur married Hindu girl Priyanka on August 18 last year. Priyanka's father Ashok Todi, an industrialist, tried to break the marriage with the help of the city police, according to counsel of the petitioner Kalyan Banerjee.

Rizwanur and his wife Priyanka were called to the police headquarter Lalbazar and asked to end the relationship because of difference of religion, Mr Banerjee said.

Meanwhile, Priyanka left for her father's residence at Salt Lake on the assurance that she would be sent back to her husband. But the situation took a dramatic turn and Rizwanur was found dead beside railway track on the eastern fringe of the city on September 21.

In his report, the CBI, however, concluded that Rizwanur committed suicide.

The police officials who would be chargesheeted are Prasun Mukherjee, former DC(DD) Ajoy Kumar, AC(ARS) Sukanti Chowdhury and SI (ARS) Krishnendu Das.

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