Delhi HC pulls up CBI for ‘lack of interest’ in tracing missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmad

“There is nothing on the status report...We are saying there is complete lack of interest. There is no result either way. No result even on paper,” the bench said.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 17, 2017 3:28 am
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The Delhi High Court has pulled up the CBI for its “complete lack of interest” in probing the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmad, who went missing a year ago. “There is nothing on the status report…We are saying there is complete lack of interest. There is no result either way. No result even on paper,” the bench said.

On Monday, the CBI submitted its status report in a sealed cover to a bench of Justice G S Sistani and Justice Chander Shekhar. The bench underlined the contradictions in the call detail records (CDRs) and messages in the status report, vis-a-vis what was orally submitted. It noted that while the status report said the CDRs and messages of suspects were being analysed, the CBI’s counsel said the CDR had already been analysed.

The bench also took umbrage when it was told that the report was prepared by an inspector-level official of the CBI.

Underlining that it had specified — in an earlier order — that an officer of rank not less than DIG would supervise the probe, the bench said: “What sort of supervision is this?… Does the DIG read what the inspector has said in the report. He probably does not get time to read reports… Let him come here and read…,” the bench said, warning the CBI’s counsel that it would ask the DIG to remain present in court.

The bench then directed the agency to file an application in the court of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM), for early hearing of the plea seeking consent of the nine suspected students to conduct a polygraph test. This has been listed for January 24. Najeeb (27), a first-year MSc student, had allegedly got into a scuffle with three ABVP members on the night of October 14. He went missing a day later.

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