Missing JNU Student’s Mother Moves Delhi High Court to Help Trace Her Son

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The court has directed the Delhi police force to file a status report within three days.


New Delhi: The issue of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, whose whereabouts have not been known since October 15, reached the Delhi High Court on Friday where his mother sought directions to the police and the government to produce him before the court.

27-year-old Ahmed, a student of School of Biotechnology at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on October 15 following an alleged on-campus scuffle with members of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) the night before.

The petition came up before a bench of justices G S Sistani and Vinod Goel which issued notice to the Delhi government and the police asking them to explain their stand on the plea by the students mother, Fatima Nafees. The bench also directed the Delhi police force to file a status report within three days.

Ahmed’s mother, in her petition filed through advocate Ali Qambar Zaidi, sought the setting up of a “court appointed special investigation team (SIT) of impartial officers of proven integrity from outside the state of Delhi” to take over the entire investigation from the crime branch of Delhi Police.

Earlier, an SIT of Delhi police was set up to trace the missing student on instructions of home minister Rajnath Singh. While the case was being investigated by the SIT, teams were sent to Darbhanga in Bihar and Nepal after they got leads hinting that Najeeb might be there, but they failed to find him.

Thereafter, the case was transferred to the polices’ crime branch for a “fresh look” into it. The police has increased the reward for information about the student from the initial amount of Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh, but no productive leads have yet been found.

In her plea, 45-year-old Fatima has alleged that her son was beaten up by members of ABVP, “which is affiliated to the RSS and therefore, closely connected with the BJP which is the party in power at the Centre and since the Delhi police come under the control of the Centre, it is not likely that any progress will be made in the investigation”.

She has sought criminal prosecution against those persons who were involved in the alleged assault of her son on the basis of the records of the investigation carried out so far.

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