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Trial in Rizwan case starts after SC order

Kolkata: The trial of the accused, who had allegedly abetted the suicide of Rizwanur Rehman on 21 September, 2007, started on 21 March here following an order of a Division Bench of the Supreme Court on 1 March. Mr Partha Tapaswi, CBI counsel, prayed for the framing of charges against the accused, including Ashok Todi, Pradip Todi, Anil Saraogi and the three city police officers, Mr Ajay Kumar, Mr Sukanti Chakraborty and Mr Krishnendu Das.

There is enough evidence against the accused to frame charges against them for allegedly abetting the suicide of Rehman, a graphic designer, who had married Ashok Todi’s daughter Priyanka Todi. The accused should also be charged with criminal conspiracy, it was submitted. The accused had allegedly tried to separate the legally married couple, it was submitted. After 13 September, 2007, when Priyanka Todi left her parental home, no contact could be established with the couple, submitted Mr Debasis Roy, appearing for Mr Ajay Kumar.

The charge of abetting suicide does not stand as it occurred on 21 September. Mr Ganesh Maity, who appeared for Mr Sukanti Chakraborty and Mr Krishnendu Das, made a similar submission. Mr Amit Chattopadhyay, Judge, 9th Fast Track Court, asked the counsel of the policemen, why charges were not dropped, when the policemen knew that the couple was legally married. Does it fall under the duty of the police to interfere with the couple’s life, he further asked. Filing an application, Mr Joymalya Bagchi, counsel for Ashok Todi, prayed for clearing his client of the charges.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2011 on page no. 22

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