Najeeb's disappearance: CBI submits status report, asks for more time

JNU Student Najeeb's Disappearance Case CBI Seeks More Time For Investigation

JNU Student Najeeb's Disappearance Case CBI Seeks More Time For Investigation

Speaking to DNA, Pallavi Sharma, one of the counsels appearing for Nafees, said the status report, which was submitted to the Delhi High Court in a sealed cover, stated that the auto driver confessed to the CBI that he pressurised by the Delhi Police to say that Najeeb boarded his auto.

Najeeb went missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members the night before in Mahi-Mandavi Hostel of JNU. The CBI informed the court that their investigation was underway and mobile phones of the nine suspect students has been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), whose report is pending.

In its brief order, the bench said, "This court has heard the submission of the learned counsel for the parties". The status report filed reflects the future steps taken by the CBI in the matter.

On last hearing of the case on October 16, the court said that CBI has been showing "complete lack of interest" in investigating the case. "The court does not think it appropriate to discuss the details of the investigation given in the status report in the open court". However, CBI's counsel stressed that CBI is under pressure and the nature of the case is sensitive.

Their call detail records were also being analysed, he said, adding that since the case was of a sensitive nature and if the details comes out in the media, it would be hard for officials to extract information. The court, however, said the decision would be taken on the next date of hearing, i.e December 21. The report was then handed to senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, counsel for Najeeb's mother Fatima Nafees.

On this, the court said:"We can not put unnecessary pressure on the probing agency". MULTIPLE ATTEMPTSIn November past year, the Delhi Police Crime Branch, which was investigating the matter, had stated that it had interrogated an autorickshaw driver that ferried him from JNU to JMI.

In August, when CBI failed to file a fresh progress report in the case, the high court had rebuked it, saying the probe was not transferred to the agency "for fun".