Najeeb, 27, a first year MSc student, went missing from his Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) hostel on the night of October 14-15, allegedly after a row with members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
In no mood to spare the police, the court said the police were doing nothing except paperwork, wasting time and public money to trace Najeeb .
A bench of justice G S Sistani and justice Vinod Goel told Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ramgopal Naik that it wants an answer “one way or the other” and told him to “do whatever you have to do” to find the student.
“Except for paperwork, nothing else is happening. Your investigating officer (IO) is wasting time. By sending him out to check records of police stations and hospitals on the Delhi-Bareilly-Haridwar route, you are wasting public money,” the bench said.
Directing the police to “find him”, the bench said, “One way or the other we want an answer. If he is dead, say he is dead. We won’t accept paperwork. Do whatever you have to. Find him”.
The court directed Delhi Police to give the call records of the nine students suspected to be behind Najeeb’s disappearance and listed the habeas corpus petition filed by Najeeb’s mother on March 31. The ABVP has denied any involvement in Najeeb’s disappearance.
The court’s observation came after advocate Pallavi Sharma, appearing for Najeeb’s mother, contended that the steps taken by Delhi Police to trace the student were “cosmetic” in nature and “no serious endeavours were being made” to find him.
She also claimed that the police were “attempting to shield” the nine students, who are suspects in the case and may have information about Najeeb, instead of interrogating them.
Najeeb’s family had on previous hearing said they wanted some other agency to probe the matter as they had no faith in the Delhi Police as its investigation has hit a dead-end. The family said if the police continues to probe the matter, every month it will come with some new story.
Najeeb’s mother, Fatima Nafees, has sought direction to the police to trace her son.