CBI Lacks Interest in Finding Missing JNU Student Najeeb Ahmed: High Court

The Delhi High Court slammed the CBI for its “complete lack of interest” in probing the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed. The word from the High Court came exactly a year after JNU student Najeeb Ahmed went missing from the campus following a scuffle with alleged ABVP members.

A bench of Justices G S Sistani and Chander Shekhar observed that there was “no result either way. No result even on paper”.

The strong remarks by the bench came after contradictions appeared in what the CBI said in court and what it had indicated in its status report on the issue of analysis of the calls and messages of the suspect students in the case.

Who’s Najeeb Ahmed?

Najeeb is a 27-year-old first-year MSc student at the School of Biotechnology in JNU. He hails from Badaiyun, Uttar Pradesh.

Reports have it that on October 14 last year, Najeeb had gotten into a scuffle with three ABVP members outside his room at the Mahi-Mandvi Hostel. Najeeb is said to have gone missing since October 15, 2016.

What happened on 14 October 2016?

According to published pamphlets in JNUSU, “On 14/10/2016, around 11:30 pm, some three students went to the room of Najeeb Ahmed, MSc Biotechnology (first year), Room No 106, Mahi Hostel to campaign for hostel elections. At this time, there was an alleged scuffle which took place between Najeeb and the others. Hearing noise and commotion, when the residents of Mahi reached Room no 106, they witnessed three students assaulting Najeeb.”

“In the Warden’s office, in front of the Senior Warden Dr. Sushil Kumar, and the other wardens Dr. Somyajit Ray and Dr. Arun Srivastava, these group of lumpens threatened Najeeb Ahmed for his life and limb. They repeatedly told the warden not to initiate any proceedings and leave Najeeb to them and then they would not spare him.

They also hurled patriarchal and communal abuses at Najeeb in the presence of the wardens. Despite being present at the site all along the G4S did not collect any video evidence of the assault and the Warden failed to intervene to stop the assaulting students.”– the pamphlet further read.

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