JNU’s Missing Najeeb: HC Allows CBI to File Closure Report

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Fatima Nafees, mother of Najeeb Ahmed, at a protest demonstration at JNU seeking recovery of her son. — File photo

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NEW DELHI — Rejecting Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees’ habeas corpus plea for an SIT probe, the Delhi High Court on Monday allowed the CBI to file its closure report into the disappearance of Najeeb Ahmed, a Jawaharlal Nehru University student who went missing from here in October 2016.

The Delhi Police had first probed the case but failed to make any breakthrough in six months. The High Court then handed over the case to CBI. But after more than a year of enquiry, the federal probe agency also failed to trace Najeeb.

A bench of Justice S. Muralidhar and Justice Vinod Goel allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) plea while rejecting Ahmed’s mother Fatima Nafees’ habeas corpus plea for an SIT probe.

In its last hearing, the CBI counsel told the bench that the agency has analysed “everything” related to the matter, and wanted to file a final report seeking to close the case.

Nafees had sought a Special Investigation Team — comprising of non CBI official — to further probe her son’s disappearance from a JNU hostel in the intervening night of October 14 and 15.

Ahmed, 27, an MSc first year student, was reported missing almost two years back after an alleged scuffle with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members, student body affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. The ABVP has denied any involvement.

Najeeb’s mother has been alleging that CBI did not probe the case fairly. Her lawyer Colin Gonzalves repeatedly told the court that the nine students accused in the case were never interrogated in custody by probe agencies.

— With Inputs From IANS

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