Tue, 01 Mar 2011 15:05:53 GMT | By R Shankar, India Syndicate

The Curious Case of Rizwanur Rehman

The Supreme Court on Tuesday accepted the CBI findings in the Rizwanur Rahman case – that it was not murder, but a case of suicide. We present the peculiar facts of the case and the twists and turns over the years.


The Curious Case of Rizwanur Rehman

People involved

Rizwanur Rahman, 30: A computer instructor working in an institute in Kolkata and had specialised in graphics. He came from a poor middle class family but was well educated.

Priyanka Todi, 23: A student of Rizwanur's and the daughter of industrialist Ashok Todi -- the maker of Lux Cozi branded undergarments and hoisery. Estimated worth: Rs 200 crore.

Pradip Todi: Brother of Ashok Todi.

Anil Sarogi: Brother-in-law of Ashok Todi.

What happened

Rizwanur and Priyanka fell in love and got married on August 18, 2007. Except for a few close friends who were witness to the marriage, Rizwanur and Priyanka kept their wedlock a secret.

Though she got married, Priyanka stayed in her palatial house with her parents and Rizwanur at his small apartment in a largely working-class Muslim neighbourhood.

A few days later, Rizwanur told his brother of the marriage. The Rizwanur family met and decided to bring Priyanka to their house. On August 31, Rizwanur brought Priyanka home and the family sought police protection from the Todis as they were `influential.' Priyanka too signed the letter seeking protection.

She later went on to say that her mind was 'blank' while signing the document. "I was just signing whatever letters Rizwan was telling me to sign. I once told him we shouldn't mention my father, but he said Pappu (Syed Mohiuddin, a family friend) and Rukbanur (elder brother) had insisted that we frame the letters like that and they knew best."

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