Missing JNU student case: Delhi HC slams CBI for not filing update
Najeeb, an M.Sc first-year student, went missing from his JNU hostel on the night of October 14-15 last year, allegedly after a heated exchange of words with members of the ABVP .delhi Updated: Aug 08, 2017 22:04 IST
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday pulled up the CBI for filing the same report regarding its probe into disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmad that was placed before it during the last hearing in July.
The case was “not transferred to the agency for fun...There is nothing new. It is the same report of July 17. We did not adjourn matter on that date to examine this two-and-a-half page scrap today,” a bench of Justice GS Sistani and Justice Chander Shekhar said to the agency.
The court directed the CBI to file a fresh status report before the next date of hearing on September 6.
“What was the idea of listing it today? Just to say the report has been filed,” it asked the CBI.
During the hearing, the bench asked the CBI what happened in the interrogation of the persons accused of assaulting the missing student the night before his disappearance.
The agency replied it would indicate it in its status report. The CBI said there was progress in its investigation and it was sure it would “crack the case” but said it would take some time.
It said that as part of its probe, it was examining the earlier investigation carried out by Delhi Police.
The high court had on May 16 ordered the CBI to take over the probe into the mysterious circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the student since October 2016.
The order was passed on the plea of Najeeb’s mother, Fatima Nafees, who moved the court on November 25 last for tracing her son, a first-year MSc Biotechnology student who went missing from JNU hostel Mahi Mandavi.
The student went missing on October 15, 2016 after he had an altercation with some students belonging to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in the campus.
Later, students of the RSS-affiliated ABVP had denied any involvement in his disappearance.
JNU students to protest
The JNU Students Union also criticised the CBI for “not moving an inch” in the case . The students body has planned a demonstration outside the CBI headquarters on Wednesday to protest the “partisan and apathetic attitude” of the investigation agency.