The second hearing seeking a probe by the CBI into 20-year-old Shobhit Modi’s murder after his family moved the Delhi high court in mid-July is due on Tuesday.
A second-year IT engineering student at Faridabad’s Manav Rachna University, Modi, after being stabbed multiple times in and behind his chest, died outside his colony gate in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj on May 5.
“More than four months have gone by since my son was murdered and we are yet to get justice. What is holding the police from investigating the matter properly?” asked Suraj Modi, Shobhit’s father, who filed a petition pertaining to the Delhi Police’s inability to make head or tail of the case despite more than two months’ investigation.
In the said petition, which Modi filed at the Delhi high court on July 19, the slain IT student’s family had alleged that the police had remained clueless about the murder in spite of investigating the matter for more than 70 days and demanded that the probe be handed-over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
On their part, a bench headed by Delhi high court judge justice Mukta Gupta had asked the Delhi Police to explain its failure in solving the case and issued a notice to the law enforcement agency for September 13, adding that “The investigation of the police needs to be supervised.”
According to the Delhi Police, at least eight teams, including the south district’s Anti Auto Theft Squad (AATS), in addition to four others belonging to the Crime Branch, are working on the case. ‘Almost the entire small-time criminal community’ active in the Vasant Kunj area too, police claim, had been profiled.
Investigators claim that more than 500 people were questioned in relation to the case, and many of them, especially from Shobhit’s massive friend circle, were being repeatedly questioned.
Police had claimed that there was ‘a strong probability’ that Modi had been a victim of road rage or of petty street crime - a theory that his family refused to believe and appealed against in its writ petition filed at the high court.