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    Rizwanur case: Todis, cops to be charged

    Kolkata: The first round of hearing in the Rizwanur Rahman case in a Kolkata fast track court was concluded on Monday.

    The court heard the arguments for framing of charges against the Todis and the accused police officers.

    The accused have been charged with abetment to suicide, criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy. The court will continue with the hearing on March 23, 24 and 25.

    The CBI had prayed for slapping abetment to suicide charge against industrialist Ashok Todi and other accused, including two IPS officers.

    CBI counsel Partha Tapaswi submitted before Amit Chattopadhyay, ninth fast track court of City Sessions Court, that Priyanka, wife of Rizwanur, had written to her father Ashok Todi in Hindi before leaving her house that she was going to marry Rizwanur.

    Tapaswi produced the letter and other documentary evidence before the court in support of his argument that the accused persons directly provoked Rizwanur to commit suicide.

    The CBI counsel further submitted that the police had, without registering an FIR, gone to Rizwanur's house and asked him to send Priyanka back to her father's house.

    As such, he prayed that charges under section 306 of the IPC be framed against seven persons before the actual trial in the case, for which hearing is being held, begins.
    Among the seven accused, Ashok Todi and three police officers, including IPS officer Ajay Kumar, figure.

    The matter would be taken up for hearing again on Wednesday.

    Computer graphics engineer Rizwanur had married Todi's daughter Priyanka on August 18, 2007 and was found dead on the local railway tracks on September 21, 2007, after which his mother and brother had moved the high court for an independent CBI probe into his unnatural death.

    (With additional information from PTI)