The Delhi High Court has transferred the case of missing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmad, to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) with immediate effect, according to an ANI report. The case was transferred by a division bench comprising of Justice G.S. Sistani and Justice Rekha Palli.
The Delhi High Court had pulled the police up over the delay in recording the statements of the students suspected to be behind Najeeb’s disappearance. Advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing for the Delhi Police, said the initial lapse was that the nine suspected students were not interrogated. This lapse was addressed as soon as the special investigation team (SIT) was set up. Mehra said that the police was looking at the disappearance from three different angles — abduction, suicide and genuinely missing.
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Delhi Police was probing the case of the student who had been missing since October 14 last year. The lawyers appearing for Najeeb’s mother alleged that police investigation was going on the wrong track as it was focused on stigmatising the victim.
27-year-old Najeeb Ahmad, a first-year M.Sc. student went missing from his JNU hostel, allegedly after a row with members of BJP’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). The RSS students’ wing in JNU has denied any involvement in his disappearance. Mehra also claimed that the entire police force was working to trace the missing student and for this, a reward of Rs 10 lakh has been announced, apart from looking into “every nook and corner of the country”.
The next hearing in the Najeeb Ahmad case is on July 17.