The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the case of missing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmad, who has been untraced since he disappeared seven months ago after an alleged altercation with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members.
A division bench of Justice GS Sistani and Justice Rekha Palli handed over the case to the CBI with immediate effect, after the Delhi Police said it has no objection if the court transfers the case to another probe agency.
The court directed that further investigation be carried out by the CBI under the supervision of an officer not lower than the rank of deputy inspector-general.
Advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing for the Delhi Police, told the court that it has carried out the investigation in fair manner and made a pan India search for Ahmad, but he could not be traced.
“We refer the matter to CBI with immediate effect for further investigation,” said the bench.
The court’s direction came while hearing a habeas corpus plea filed by Fatima Nafees, Najeeb Ahmad’s mother, that her son be produced by police and the Delhi government before the court.
Najeeb, 27, a first year MSc student, went missing from his JNU hostel on the night of October 14-15 last year, allegedly after a row with members of Rashtraiya Swayamsevak Sangh student wing ABVP.
Indo-Asian News Service