Najeeb’s Mother Sues Media Houses for Linking him with ISIS, Seeks Rs 2 Crore in Damages

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Fatima Nafees, mother of Najeeb Ahmed, holding a placard during a protest for Najeeb.

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NEW DELHI: Missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed’s mother has filed a defamation suit in the Delhi High Court against some media houses for linking him with terror group ISIS. Najeeb mysteriously disappeared from the varsity hostel one and half years ago, just a day after having been assaulted by some students who were allegedly attached with Hindu-right group ABVP.

Fatima Nafees, in her suit filed through the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), has impleaded Times of India, Times Now, Dilli Aajtak and also reporters of the Times of India and India Today Group seeking damages of Rs 2.2 crore besides a permanent injunction on publishing/ broadcasting news in any manner, reported LiveLaw.in.

On 21 March 2017, Times of India had published a story, with reference to the Delhi Police, claiming that Najeeb was browsing for information on ways to join ISIS on 14 October 2016, a day before he disappeared. Some TV channels also carried the story. The paper had claimed that forensic reports on the examination of Najeeb’s laptop showed his inclination towards joining the terrorist group ISIS.

However, the very next day, the Delhi Police went public categorically denying that its investigation found anything that could suggest that Najeeb accessed ISIS-related websites.

Day after his disappearance on 15 Oct 2016, Fatima had filed FIR in the local police station. She had named nine students in the FIR. However, after six months of enquiry, the Delhi Police could not make any headway in the case. Some reports suggested that the accused were not even interrogated. In May 2017, the Delhi High Court, which was hearing Fatima’s habeas corpus petition for last six months, handed over the case to CBI. In the last 10 months, CBI has also failed to make any breakthrough in the case. During a hearing in October last year, the Delhi High Court had snubbed the CBI for “complete lack of interest” in the case.

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