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SC reserves order on Rizwanur murder case

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on appeals challenging the Calcutta High Court`s order for a fresh CBI probe into the death of computer graphics teacher Rizwanur Rahman, who had married the daughter of industrialist Ashok Todi, after registering a murder case.

A bench comprising justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan concluded the hearing on cross appeals filed by Ashok Todi, whose daughter Priyanka had married Rizwanur, mother of the deceased Kishwar Jahan and CBI challenging the May 18 order of the High Court.

Rizwanur was found dead near railway tracks in Dumdum area of Kolkata on September 21, 2007, just a month after his marriage on August 18, 2007, to Priyanka.

Ashok Todi, owner of the Rs. 200-crore Lux Cozi hosiery brand, his brother Pradip and brother in-law Anil Sarogi are accused in the case along with senior IPS officers then serving in the Kolkata Police.

Challenging the High Court order, Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium, appearing for CBI, submitted a fresh probe was not required in the case as the agency had earlier conducted the detailed probe and arrived at the conclusion that an offence was made out for abatement of suicide against Ashok Todi and his relatives.

Todi pleaded he was ready to face the trial on the basis of findings of CBI and there was no need to conduct a fresh investigation in the three-and-half-year-old murder case.

A division bench of the High Court had ordered fresh investigation after setting aside the CBI investigation earlier ordered by a single bench and directed the agency to complete the probe within four months.

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