Na­jeeb case: Court seeks pupils’ stand on lie de­tec­tion

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A Delhi court on Mon­day sought the re­sponse of nine Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity (JNU) stu­dents, re­gard­ing con­duct­ing a poly­graph test on them, in con­nec­tion with the case of miss­ing var­sity stu­dent, Na­jeeb Ahmed.

The stu­dents’ coun­sel sought 10 days to file the re­ply, fol­low­ing which the court fixed the mat­ter for Novem­ber 10. Ad­di­tional Chief Metropoli­tan Mag­is­trate Sa­mar Vishal passed the di­rec­tions af­ter al­low­ing Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion’s (CBI) plea for ad­vance­ment of the hear­ing.

In its plea, CBI has sought early hear­ing on its ap­pli­ca­tion, seek­ing con­sent of nine stu­dents for a lie-de­tec­tion test. The agency ap­proached the court on Oc­to­ber 16 for an early hear­ing, which has been ad­journed to Jan­uary 24, 2018.

Ahmed has been miss­ing since Oc­to­ber 15 last year. The case was ini­tially be­ing probed by the lo­cal po­lice. Later, a spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team (SIT) was formed, be­fore the Crime Branch took over the case. The Delhi High Court handed over the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to the CBI on May 16.

The agency then ap­proached the trial court, seek­ing an early hear­ing on its plea. On Jan­uary 23, the po­lice had is­sued no­tices to these nine stu­dents and asked them to ap­pear be­fore a mag­is­trate to record their state­ment to con­firm whether they were will­ing to un­dergo the lie de­tec­tor test. The stu­dents, how­ever, ap­proached the court, chal­leng­ing the no­tices sent to them. On May 3, the court quashed the po­lice or­der.

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