The Delhi High Court on Tuesday transferred “with immediate effect” the case of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
A division bench, comprising of Justice GS Sistani and Justice Rekha Palli handed over the case to the CBI after the Delhi Police said it has no objection if the case is transferred to any other investigative agency.
The court directed the CBI to carry out further investigation official, not lower than the rank of DIG.
Ahmed, 27, an MSc Biotechnology student at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, went missing on October 15 last year following an alleged fight with RSS-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members at his hostel in the south Delhi campus. The ABVP has denied any involvement in his disappearance.
It has been more than 200 days since he mysteriously disappeared.
A reward of Rs 10 lakh was announced by the Delhi Police, on any information about Ahmed. The police had filed a chargesheet against a man, arrested for allegedly making a call to Ahmed’s relatives, demanding Rs 20 lakh for his release.
Last week, the Delhi Police had approached mosques in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh to make regular announcements on him in the hope of making some progress in the case to find him.
Najeeb’s family members have said they had lost faith in police. “We are as clueless about Najeeb now, as we were on the first day,” said his brother. He said the police has only “harassed” them and done “little” in finding his brother.