The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday told the Delhi high court that it has decided to file closure report in the case of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who had disappeared from the varsity campus nearly two years ago.
CBI’s submission was opposed by the counsel appearing for Ahmed’s mother contending that it was a “political case” and that the “CBI has succumbed to the pressure of its masters”.
It has been two years since Najeeb Ahmed, a student of MSc Biotechnology, forcefully disappeared from JNU’s Mahi-Mandvi hostel on 15 October 2016, following a physical attack by students who belong to Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the previous night. And has not been heard from since.
‘I am ashamed and heartbroken that our country’s supposedly finest agency has decided to wash its hands off the case. The CBI admits to me that my son was assaulted but in the court claims that nothing had happened to my son. I am shocked at such blatant lies’. Fatima Nafees said
‘Since the start of the investigation, the CBI has strenuously objected to providing status reports of the investigation to Fatima Nafees, Najeeb’s mother and has completely kept her in the dark. When the status reports were received from the Delhi Police to her lawyers, the theory that Najeeb left on his own was comprehensively disproved,’ Colin Gonzalves, Fatima Nafees’s lawyer argued.
Colin Gonzalves vigorously objected to the filing of closure report and pleaded with the Court to constitute a SIT comprising officers from outside Delhi, who can conduct a fair and unbiased investigation.
The CBI, making a pretence of a thorough investigation, filed four sealed envelopes containing statements of witnesses, guards, and wardens as per court directions, among other things. Mr. Gonzalves requested the court to peruse these statements, particularly of key eyewitnesses, to see if grounds are made for custodial interrogation of the nine accused.