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Calcutta High Court rejects Ashok Todi's bail plea

Calcutta High Court rejects Ashok Todi's bail plea

Todi's bail plea was postponed to Friday as bench differed on issue.

Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday rejected the bail plea of industrialist Ashok Todi, accused of playing a key role in abetting his son-in-law and graphics designer Rizwanur Rehman's suicide last year.

Justice BP Sengupta said the charges brought against Todi by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) were too strong and hence the high court had decided to reject his bail application.

The hearing of Todi's bail plea was postponed to Friday after the division bench comprising Justice Amit Talukdar and Justice PS Banerjee differed on the issue. Later Sengupta was assigned to give the verdict on Wednesday.

In another development on Wednesday, all seven accused in the Rizwanur suicide case were produced at a city sessions court for a hearing in Rizwanur's suicide case. Metropolitan Magistrate Madhumita Roy said the case would next be heard December 23.

The seven accused are Ashok Todi, his brother Pradeep Todi, brother-in-law Anil Saraogi, former Kolkata police deputy commissioner Ajoy Kumar, former assistant commissioner of police Sukanti Chakraborty, sub-inspector Krishnendu Das, and Rizwanur's neighbour SM Moinuddin alias Pappu.

Ashok Todi is currently lodged in Presidency Jail in Alipore.

Rizwanur, a 30-year-old Muslim graphics designer working with a multimedia firm, was found dead on September 21 last year near the railway tracks at Kolkata's Patipukur suburb, barely a month after marrying Ashok Todi's daughter Priyanka, a Hindu.

The case shocked the entire nation, which saw it as a Hindu-Muslim love story driven to a tragic end.

first published:December 17, 2008, 15:22 IST