Keep politics aside and find Najeeb Ahmad, Delhi HC tells police and JNU

The report was submitted in response to a habeas corpus plea filed by Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees, who has sought court orders for “proper investigation” to trace him.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published:November 29, 2016 4:15 am
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Forty-five days after JNU student Najeeb Ahmad went missing, the Delhi High Court Monday asked Delhi Police and the university to “cut across all political barriers” and look for him.

A bench of Justice G S Sistani and Justice Vinod Goel also pulled up police for “lapses” in the status report, which did not mention the alleged scuffle between Najeeb and some ABVP activists on the campus before he went missing.

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The report was submitted in response to a habeas corpus plea filed by Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees, who has sought court orders for “proper investigation” to trace him.

The status report, which has been kept sealed by the court, mentioned that Najeeb had been taken to Safdarjung Hospital on October 14 night, but did not say why. “Who prepared the status report?” asked the court. “Let the officer explain the reasons for this lapse.” The bench also noted that the police had not interrogated the eight students allegedly involved in the incident.

Advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing on behalf of the police, told the bench that the students had been questioned by the SIT on November 11 — the same day an order was issued for transfer of investigation to the Crime Branch.

But senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, representing Najeeb’s mother, said the police had not interrogated the “prime suspects”.

“You should not need us to instruct you on what to do,” said the bench, suggesting that the police could question students and even place “plainclothes persons” in JNU to “shadow a couple of people” known to have been involved in the incident.

The court also asked police to look into information that Najeeb had been dropped off by an auto at Jamia University. Meanwhile, Delhi Police raised to Rs 10 lakh the reward for anyone providing information on Najeeb.

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  1. A
    Nov 29, 2016 at 5:53 am
    It is a big joke and insult for Indian security.... A student in the capital of the nation, from one of the top most university is missing for several weeks and no has a clue where he is???
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      Nov 29, 2016 at 5:01 am
      Why HC is showing unusual interest to find out only Najeeb when there are hundreds of cases of missing girls and woman from family and nobody bothers to care about them? According to kerala police there are more than 2000 girls/woman from hindu and christian family missing and there is no clue where they are abducted/sold or misused for anti social activities.Zakir naik and other criminals are operating in kerala ,abducting girls and forcefully convert them.Let the HC or SC take enqual interest to find out their where about similar to Najeeb.Recent reports shows that he was spotted in Aligarh and was forcefully taken away by some one.Since UP election is approaching desperate elements like KK or BSP or SP would have invomved in this case similar to the case of beef eating case used for Bihar elections.Najeeb would have already gone to Syria or Afghan as he is sympathetic to their cause and any body gone to syria or afghan will never return as it is one way ticket to their dream land to enjoy 72 virgins