Special Correspondent

KOLKATA: Ashok Todi, one of the seven chargesheeted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) under various charges in connection with the death on September 21, 2007 of his son-in-law, computer graphics teacher Rizwanur Rahman, was remanded by a city court here on Monday to judicial custody till December 12.

The CBI had concluded after investigations that Rizwanur had taken his life but charged Mr. Todi and others, including Mr. Todi’s brother and cousin, with abetment to suicide and criminal intimidation.

Mr.Todi, an industrialist, had been directed by a Bench of the Supreme Court on November 25 to surrender before the city court on December 1 after declining to grant him bail.

He surrendered before the 14th Metropolitan Magistrate at Bankshall Court in the morning.

The court rejected an application for granting him bail after heated arguments were exchanged between lawyers representing him and counsel of Rizwanur’s mother, Kishwar Jahan.

It was the same court that had directed the issuance of arrest warrants to Mr. Todi, his brother and cousin, after they failed to appear before the court to give their responses to the charge sheets filed on September 22 against them by the agency.

Rizwanur was found dead by the side of the railway tracks only weeks after his marriage to Priyanka Todi.

The death had led to a public outcry and the State government had transferred five police officers, including the then Commissioner, following allegations of their involvement in the events leading to it.

Hails judgment

Rizwanur’s brother, Rukwanur, welcomed the directive to remand Mr. Todi to judicial custody and said that his family is eagerly awaiting the sentence for Mr. Todi. “We all want his punishment according to the law in which we have full faith,” he said.

“He now has to go to jail after absconding since October 27 to November 10,” said Kalyan Banerjee, lawyer representing Rizwanur’s mother.

In a suicide note recovered earlier by the CBI, Rizwanur had forgiven Mr. Todi “because he is a father after all.” “He had written so as he had a big heart…but the law will take its own course,” CBI counsel Partha Tapaswi, who participated in the day’s court proceedings, said.