Sourav’s brother to be summoned in Rizwanur Rahman’s death case


Kolkata : Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly’s elder brother and former Ranji player Snehashis Ganguly is likely to be summoned before a court for the case of mysterious death in Kolkata of a Muslim youth who married a girl from a rich Hindu family.

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The Calcutta High Court will issue a notice to him soon to appear before it and explain his alleged involvement in the case, according to sources here.

Snehashis is also a technical committee member of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The body of the Muslim youth, Rizwanur Rahaman, 30, was found here Sep 21 by the side of a railway track with his head smashed.

His father-in-law, Ashok Todi, a prominent local industrialist, and some senior police officers in West Bengal are in the eye of a storm for allegedly intimidating the youth to opt out of his marriage with Priyanka.

Rizwanur’s family members filed a supplementary affidavit in the high court Wednesday on the basis of Snehashis’s statement to a television channel Tuesday that he had introduced the Todis to city police commissioner and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) chief Prasun Mukherjee.

“We filed a supplementary affidavit before the court of Justice Soumitra Pal to make Snehashis Ganguly a party in the case as he has confessed to his role in introducing Todi to the city’s top cop,” Kalyan Bandyopadhyay, the family lawyer, told reporters here.

“The court accepted our prayer and has decided to issue a notice to him. We also urged the court to order a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the incident,” he said.

Snehashis told the TV channel Todi was known to him for quite some time and when the businessman sought his help to arrange an appointment with the city police commissioner, he had obliged.

“I know Ashok Todi very well. He approached me about a family problem. I didn’t know what it was but I decided to help him. I took him to police commissioner Prasun Mukherjee on Sep 7. I know nothing more about the matter,” said Snehashis, who also is assistant secretary of the CAB of which Prasun Mukherjee is the chief.

The role of the elder Ganguly came to light following the questioning of Todi, who owns the Rs 2-billion Lux Hosiery Industries, by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Thursday.

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya Thursday instituted a judicial probe, headed by former Calcutta High Court judge Alok Chakraborty, into the mysterious death of Rizwanur after allegations surfaced of police involvement in the case.

The chief minister had earlier ordered a CID probe.

Police Commissioner Mukherjee had earlier defended the Todi family, dubbing the death as a case of suicide even before a post-mortem examination report was available.