CBI awaits FSL report on phones
New Delhi: The CBI on Tuesday told the Delhi high court it is awaiting forensic report of the mobile phones of nine JNU students seized in connection with its probe into the disappearance of Najeeb Ahmed last year.
The probe agency filed a status report in the court giving details of the steps they have taken in the matter, but HC refrained from discussing the contents in open court, citing the sensitive stage of investigations. “CBI has handed over a status report. It reflects further steps taken in the matter. The court does not think it appropriate to discuss the details of in open court,” a bench of Justices S Muralidhar and I S Mehta observed while taking stock of further progress in the case.
Najeeb, a student of MSc biotechnology, had gone missing from the JNU’s Mahi-Mandvi hostel on October 15 last year, following a scuffle allegedly with some ABVP students the previous night. The agency refused to give a copy of the report to senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, the counsel for Najeeb’s mother, citing confidentiality of the ongoing inves- tigation. It said the agency has seized the mobile phones of nine students suspected of being behind Najeeb’s disappearance and sent them to the forensic science laboratory (FSL) which is yet to give its report.
Their call detail records were also being analysed, CBI’s counsel said, adding that since the case was of a sensitive nature and if the details comes out in the media, it would be difficult for officials to extract information. When the CBI’s counsel ur- ged the court to conduct inchamber proceedings in the matter, the bench said it would consider it on the next date of hearing on December 21.
Meanwhile Gonsalves demanded to know why the CBI had not taken any suspect into custody to extract information and alleged that it was a political abduction by ABVP students due to which the probe agencies were acting slow. However HC made it clear it is not supposed to supervise a probe at this stage but only to ensure that it is being conducted in an independent manner without any hindrance.