JNU Student Najeeb Ahmed Missing Case: Delhi High Court Allows CBI to File Closure Report
Fatima Nafees, mother of missing Jawaharlal Nehru University scholar Najeeb Ahmed (Photo credit: IANS)

New Delhi, October 8: The Delhi High Court on Monday allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file a closure report in connection with the disappearance of Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmed, who went missing nearly two years ago. The high court also rejected the petition filed by Fatima Nafees, the mother of Najeeb Ahmed opposing filing of the closure report by the CBI.

The Delhi High Court agreed with the CBI's argument that "the central agency will file the closure report before the magistrate and the petitioner may file a protest petition there, if they wish to”. A bench of justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel said Fatima Nafees can raise grievances before trial court where report is filed, reported news agency ANI.

Reacting to the ruling, Fatima Nafees said, "It's been two yrs. I had high hopes from court but we didn't move even an inch. Security agencies misguided court. We'll go to the Supreme Court. All that is happening since last two years is being done under the pressure by those sitting in power."

The lawyer of Najeeb Ahmed's mother had contended in court that it was a “political case” and that the “CBI has succumbed to the pressure of its masters”. Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for Ahmed’s mother, had said neither the CBI has done its best in the case nor has it probed the matter in a fair manner. The petitioner also sought setting up of an SIT comprising independent experts to enquire into the matter.

The CBI, which took over the investigation on May 16 last year, had submitted that its investigation was complete as it has probed all the angles left by the Delhi Police and it did not think there was any offence committed against the missing person. Ahmed’s mother had moved the high court on November 25, 2016, seeking directions to the police to trace her son.

Najeeb Ahmed had gone missing from the Mahi-Mandvi hostel of the Jawaharlal Nehru University on October 15, 2016, following a brawl with some other students, allegedly affiliated to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the previous night. (With agency inputs)