Cops forced auto driver to say he dropped Na­jeeb at Jamia : CBI in HC

Millennium Post - - CITY -

NEW DELHI: The CBI on Tues­day sub­mit­ted a sta­tus re­port on its probe into the mys­te­ri­ous dis­ap­pear­ance of Na­jeeb Ahmed in the Delhi High Court, and is be­lieved to have said that the auto-rick­shaw driver who the Delhi Po­lice claimed to have dropped the JNU stu­dent at Jamia Mil­lia Is­lamia has re­tracted his state­ment.

The sta­tus re­port, giv­ing de­tails of the steps the CBI has taken in the mat­ter, was sub­mit­ted in a sealed cover be­fore a bench of Jus­tices S Mu­ralid­har and I S Me­hta. The de­tails were not dis­cussed in the open court. Ac­cord­ing to CBI sources, when agency sleuths grilled the auto-rick­shaw driver he told them that he was forced to give a state­ment that he had picked 27-year-old Na­jeeb Ahmed, a stu­dent of M.SC in Biotech­nol­ogy, from the Jawaharlal Nehru Univer­sity (JNU) cam­pus and left him at Jamia Mil­lia Is­lamia on Oc­to­ber 15 last year.

The driver's state­ment was recorded un­der duress by the Delhi Po­lice, the CBI sub­mit­ted in the high court, the agency sources said. Na­jeeb went miss­ing on Oc­to­ber 15 fol­low­ing an on-cam­pus scuf­fle al­legedly with Akhil Bharatiya Vid­yarthi Par­ishad (ABVP) mem­bers the night be­fore in Mahi-man­davi Hos­tel of JNU. The probe agency, which ear­lier re­ceived flak from the court for its "com­plete lack of in­ter­est" in the mat­ter, told the bench that it was await­ing foren­sic re­sults of the mo­bile phones of nine JNU stu­dents that were seized in connection with its probe.

Asked about the sta­tus re­port, CBI spokesper­son Ab­hishek Dayal said he would not com­ment on the re­port as it was sub­mit­ted in a "sealed cover" and the mat­ter was sub-ju­dice.

When the CBI'S coun­sel urged the court to con­duct in-cham­ber pro­ceed­ings in the mat­ter, the bench said it would con­sider it on the next date of hear­ing on De­cem­ber 21.

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