January 5, 2009

LF MLAs seek Governor's intervention in reopening Riz probe

Kolkata, Jan 2: A group of Left Front legislators today sought intervention of West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi for reinvestigation of the Rizwanur Rehman death case as it had been probed by a CBI officer who was arrested on graft charges.

A delegation of LF legislators led by CPI(M) leader Rabindra Nath Mondal met Gandhi and submitted a memorandum demanding reinvestigation of the case. Mondal wondered why Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee was"trying to protect"DSP Special Crime Branch of CBI in Kolkata, Partho Sarathi Bose, who was arrested on December 28 by a CBI team from Delhi.

The left leaders also told the governor that the name of Trinamool Congress legislator Javed Khan, who was named by Rehman in his suicide note, did not figure in the CBI chargesheet. Expressing doubt about the investigation carried out by the arrested CBI officer, Mondal said that it was"bound to be biased".

"The arrest of Partha Sarathi Bose on charges of corruption raises serious doubt whether he was
influenced to protect Javed Khan, Rizwanur's relatives and police officers,"Mondal said.He also referred to proceedings in the Assembly on the issue against Khan in the memorandum to the governor. The delegation of MLAs represented all Front partners.

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