CBI wants to close missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed’s case
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday informed the Delhi high court that it wanted to file a closure report in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmad missing case, a move strongly objected by his mother Fatima Nafees’ counsel.
Appearing for the CBI, its counsel Nikhil Goel told a bench of justice S Muralidhar and justice Vinod Goel that they had investigated from all possible angles but they did not get any clue on Najeeb, who went missing from the university campus on October 2016.
“We have taken a decision to file a report under section 169 (release of accused when evidence is deficient) of the CrPC…. We have completed the investigation. We did not want to file closure report before the trial court without bringing it to the knowledge of this court.
“The court may dispose of the petition today after which we will file the closure report before the magistrate and the petitioner may file a protest petition there, if they wish to,” Goel said.
The agency submitted a status report highlighting the steps it had taken to probe the case.
The CBI filed the statements of the eyewitnesses, warden and security guards assigned around the area of incident as sought by the court on the last date of hearing.
But terming it as a “political case”, senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for Fatima Nafees, alleged that “the CBI had succumbed to the pressure of its masters”.
“It is difficult to expect a fair investigation by the CBI in this case as it was doing it to favour the accused and as the suspects are ABVP activists. It is a political case.
“The CBI has succumbed to the pressure of its masters. It has failed to conduct the investigation in a fair and true manner. Why was the CBI not doing custodial interrogation of the accused,” Gonsalves contended.