Rizwanur murder accused seek more time from court


Kolkata : Two Kolkata Police officers and city-based industrialist Ashok Todi Friday asked for more time from the Calcutta High Court to file their affidavits on the mysterious death of Muslim youth Rizwanur Rahman.

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Justice Dipankar Dutta adjourned the hearing of the case for five weeks with both Todi – who is also the father-in-law of the victim – and senior police officers Gyanwant Singh and Ajay Kumar, accused of harassing Rizwanur after his marriage to Todi’s daughter Priyanka, failed to file their affidavits.

The accused also asked for the circulation of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe report into the death before they file their affidavits.

The CBI Tuesday submitted its report on the death of the graphic designer Rizwanur to the court amid media reports that the agency has charged the two cops and Todi with abetment to suicide and not murder.

“The lawyers of the accused cops and Ashok Todi Friday submitted an application, saying they would not be able to submit their affidavits till the CBI report was made known to them. We opposed that,” Rizwanur family’s lawyer Kalyan Banerjee said.

Rukbanur Rahman, brother of Rizwanur, said: “We appealed to the court to keep the report confidential till the other party filed their affidavits since their affidavits can be influenced by the content of the CBI report. They have to file it by Feb 20.”

CBI counsel Ranjan Roy also prayed the report be circulated only after the final hearing in the case was completed.

On Friday the hopes of the CBI report going public were dashed with the court asking the lawyers of Rizwanur’s family and the CBI to file affidavits within three weeks on their positions on the report being made public as demanded by the accused cops and Todi.

The Calcutta High Court had directed the CBI to investigate the mysterious death of Rizwanur, whose body was found on rail tracks in north Kolkata Sep 21 last year, nearly a month after his marriage to Priyanka against the wishes of her father Ashok Todi, who heads the Lux Cozi hosiery group.