WB Govt says CBI acted beyond its mandate in Rizwan case

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Kolkata, Mar 12 : The CBI had acted beyond its mandate by registering a murder case in the Rizwan-ur-Rehman death case, the West Bengal Government has said.

Opposing the findings of the CBI, including the abetment charges against some senior police officers and Rizwan'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 along with 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 Rizwan 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.

Rizwan 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 Rizwan 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 8 following a written assurance by her uncle that she could return to her in-laws after a week. But she never returned.

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

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