DELHI HC PULLS UP CENTRAL AGENCY SAYING IT IS NOT SERIOUS IN ITS INVESTIGATION INTO THE DISAPPEARANCE OF JNU STUDENT NAJEEB AHMED
Abdul Bari Masoud | Caravan Daily
NEW DELHI – The Delhi High Court on Monday severely reprimanded the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on the lack of progress in the missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed’s case even as student leaders and activists condemned the Delhi Police’s highhandedness against peaceful protesters outside the court premises. The Police even did not spare Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees, dragging and roughing her up before detaining her.
Police detained around 35 persons and they were taken to the Barakhamba Road Police Station. Student leaders alleged that the police manhandled Nafees in the name of detaining her and others.
JNUSU President Geeta Kumari said Delhi Police’s action is highly condemnable which even did not spare the old mother of Najeeb who was brutally dragged by the police personnel. Speaking to Caravan Daily, she criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his silence on the issue and said he should take a cue from the Court’s observations for breaking his silence.
“Today the judges have directed the DIG to be present in the high court hearings. In a similar spirit we demand that PM Narendra Modi break his silence, at least after a year of Najeeb’s disappearance, to show that there is no impunity for those who indulge in assaulting a Muslim student,” Kumari said.
Former JNUSU president Mohit Kumar Pandey also condemned the Delhi Police personnel for abusing Nafees and others
“They told Nafees that this was not the only case they were handling and brutally manhandled her while detaining,” he said.
Najeeb’s sister Sadaf Musharraf, who was present when police dragged her mother, told Caravan Daily that the police’s behavior was “shameful and reprehensible” as mother sustained some injuries when the police personnel forcibly dragged from the spot where she was talking to reporters. She is in pain and I have admitted her to a hospital and made an MLC of here,” Sadaf said.
Activist Ovais Sultan Khan rebuffed the police claim that protesters were trying to enter the Court premises. Condemning the Police action, he said: “We were peaceful in our protest but the police without any reason detained and abused us.”
Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) B K Singh said they detained nearly 35 people including Najeeb’s mother who were trying to enter the court premises.
Meanwhile in a reprimand to the CBI, the Court said it is not serious in its investigation and is making a mockery of the investigation without submitting a proper report.
“You are doing nothing. You are not serious about the investigation. You are also making a mockery of the investigation without submitting a proper progress report. Why is the DIG, who is investigating the case, not coming to the court? It shows how serious the CBI is,” noted the court.
The court fired the CBI and made these observations after its lawyer said, “All ABVP members are from JNU where scuffles are common.”
The court made the CBI lawyer admit the report submitted today by the agency was “not up to the mark”.
“Submit records of phone calls, messages, WhatsApp conversations of the 9 accused before the court in the next hearing. Go and take its permission from Patiala House Court today,” the court directed the central agency.
The Bench also rebuked the agency that its higher officers are not even reading the status report, which is signed by the inspector. They said that the DIG officer should be present in front of the court from the next hearing onwards. “In a case that is being followed by all, the fact that there was nothing in the status report shows the lack of seriousness of the CBI”, said Justice Sistani.
On the call records, Justice Sistani said, “If the CBI has already analyzed the call records and they have found nothing in them, then what stops them from saying so in the status report?”
Why is the CBI not showing any interest in putting anything about the accused persons on record remains a persistent question. It is unfortunate that even after one year Najeeb’s disappearance, the CBI continues to file ‘sketchy’ reports as admitted by their lawyer.
When the High Court transferred the case to the CBI in May 2017, it was directed that the investigation would be supervised by an officer not less than the rank of DIG.
As there was nothing in the status report, the judges asked as to why they were not sharing it with the mother, who is the petitioner in this case.
The CBI lawyer however shielded the accused on the pretext that they are students of JNU. The Bench observed that if there is an allegation, then no matter who is involved it has to be investigated. There can be no excuse on the grounds that they are students.
The CBI has moved an application for summoning the 9 accused persons for conducting a lie-detector test at the CMM’s court, Patiala House. The judges have ordered that the CBI should move another application today itself to conduct this test at the earliest. If the CBI is going to wait till the next date of hearing, that is, January 2018, then it shows their complete disinterest in the case. The court has fixed the next hearing on November 14.