While releasing them on bail, the Bench, comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice P Sathasivam, ordered Todis to furnish a surety of Rs 1 lakh each. The court directed them to surrender their passports with the concerned city court. Perusing the submissions made by senior advocate Ranjeet Kumar, who appeared for the Todis, the apex court restrained the accused not to move out of Kolkata without the prior permission of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). They have also been directed not to communicate or influence any of the witnesses connected with the case.
Not agreeing with the argument of the CBI’s counsel that the accused will influence the investigation if freed on bail, the court granted them bail. It, however, granted liberty to the CBI to move an application for cancellation of bail if and when the accused attempt at influencing witnesses.
Ashok Todi along with his two relatives, Pradip Todi and Anil Saraogi, Rizwanur’s family friend Pappu and three cops, former deputy commissioner Ajoy Kumar, ACP Sukanti Chakraborty, SI Krishnendu Das, have been accused of abetment to suicide, criminal intimidation, and conspiracy by the CBI in connection with Rizwanur’s death. The three officers and Sarogi are out on bail, while the others are in judicial custody. Ashok Todi had surrendered before the CBI court on December 1.
Rizwanur’s body was found on railway tracks on September 21, 2007, almost a month after his marriage to Priyanka. Though the investigating agency was convinced that it was a suicide case, Rizwanur’s family members were not convinced and thus, moved higher courts seeking a CBI inquiry.