The Delhi High Court has issued notices to the state government and the police in connection with the case of missing Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmad. The court on Friday also asked the Delhi Police to file a status report on their investigation within three days, dna reported. Ahmad, who has been missing for more than a month now, disappeared after a brawl with members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad on campus.
Ahmad’s mother had moved the high court. In a petition, Fatima Nafees [pictured above] expressed her dissatisfaction with the investigation and urged the court to set up a special investigation team to probe her son’s disappearance. Nafees’ advocate Colin Gonsalves said there was a “political connection” in the case as the ABVP was close to the ruling National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre, the Hindustan Times reported.
Nafees said that since the Delhi Police was under the control of the central government, “it is not likely that any progress will be made in the investigation”. On November 21, a proctorial inquiry conducted by JNU’s administration found an ABVP member guilty of assaulting Ahmad. An official order by the university said Vikrant Kumar was found guilty of assaulting Ahmad and “using derogatory language with provocative behaviour”. However, the ABVP refuted the charges against its member.
The case of Ahmad going missing has snowballed on and off campus. On November 15, the university administration had denied permission to the JNU students’ union to hold a protest march in solidarity with Ahmad. The administration had said the protest could have caused unrest leading to security threats on campus. On November 6, the Delhi Police had detained Ahmad’s mother and a group of students while they were protesting against his disappearance at India Gate.