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CBI wants to close missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed’s case

The CBI submitted that it has probed all the angles left by the Delhi Police and that its investigation in the case was complete. Ahmed had gone missing from the Mahi-Mandvi hostel of JNU on October 15, 2016.

delhi Updated: Sep 05, 2018 12:57 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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JNU students during a protest march against in New Delhi on December 14,2016.(Arvind Yadav/HT File Photo)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday informed the Delhi high court that it wanted to file a closure report in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmad missing case, a move strongly objected by his mother Fatima Nafees’ counsel.

Appearing for the CBI, its counsel Nikhil Goel told a bench of justice S Muralidhar and justice Vinod Goel that they had investigated from all possible angles but they did not get any clue on Najeeb, who went missing from the university campus on October 2016.

“We have taken a decision to file a report under section 169 (release of accused when evidence is deficient) of the CrPC.... We have completed the investigation. We did not want to file closure report before the trial court without bringing it to the knowledge of this court.

“The court may dispose of the petition today after which we will file the closure report before the magistrate and the petitioner may file a protest petition there, if they wish to,” Goel said.

The agency submitted a status report highlighting the steps it had taken to probe the case.

The CBI filed the statements of the eyewitnesses, warden and security guards assigned around the area of incident as sought by the court on the last date of hearing.

But terming it as a “political case”, senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for Fatima Nafees, alleged that “the CBI had succumbed to the pressure of its masters”.

“It is difficult to expect a fair investigation by the CBI in this case as it was doing it to favour the accused and as the suspects are ABVP activists. It is a political case.

“The CBI has succumbed to the pressure of its masters. It has failed to conduct the investigation in a fair and true manner. Why was the CBI not doing custodial interrogation of the accused,” Gonsalves contended.

THE CASE THAT ROCKED JNU: AS IT HAPPENED
Oct 15, 2016
  • Najeeb Ahmad, 28-year-old student of MSc Biotechnology at JNU, was a resident of room number 106 at the varsity’s Mahi-Mandavi hostel. At around 11.30pm, a candidate contesting elections for the hostel mess committee goes to Ahmad’s room. The student alleges Ahmad slapped him and made comments about a religious thread that the student was wearing
  • After the fight, a meeting is held and the two are taken to the hostel warden. The warden’s committee decides that Ahmad is to be shifted to another hostel. Some students then allege that at around midnight, there is a huge crowd outside Ahmad’s room and that some of them push him
Oct 16, 2016
  • Ahmad calls his mother around 1.30am and tells her that ‘something bad’ has happened. Ahmad goes missing in the wee hours of the morning.
  • When she reaches the campus, she is unable to find him. His mobile phone is found in his hostel room. Kidnapping case registered at Vasant Vihar police station
Nov 12, 2016
  • Delhi Police commissioner transfers Ahmad’s case to the crime branch for athorough probe.
May 16, 2017
  • Delhi high court orders the transfer of Ahmad’s case to the CBI.

First Published: Sep 04, 2018 21:01 IST