NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday faced flak from the Delhi High Court for its “complete lack of interest” and not showing any result in its probe into the disappearance of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed, five months after being handed over the investigation.
Meanwhile, Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees and over 30 others, mostly students, were detained by the Delhi Police while protesting outside the HC.
Najeeb (27), a student of MSc Biotechnology, had gone missing from the Mahi-Mandvi hostel of the JNU on October 15 last year following a scuffle with some other students, allegedly affiliated to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the previous night.A bench of Justices G S Sistani and Chander Shekhar said during arguments, it was “very unhappy” with CBI after contradictions appeared in what was orally submitted in the court and what it has indicated in its status report.
The contradictions appeared on the issue of analysis of the calls and messages of the suspect students in the case.
When the court was told that the status report was prepared by an inspector in CBI, the bench said as per its May 16 order, transferring the probe to the agency, an officer of a rank not less than DIG has to supervise the investigation.The bench further said that “there is nothing on the status report (by CBI). There was more in the Delhi Police reports.
We are saying there is complete lack of interest (by CBI). There is no result either way. No result even on paper.”
The scathing remarks by the bench came after CBI in its report said the calls and messages of the suspects were “being analysed”, while in its oral submission it claimed that the call data records have already been analysed.
The CBI was also directed to move an application in the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate for an early hearing of its plea for seeking the consent of the suspect students for a polygraph test.