CBI awaits FSL re­port on phones

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

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.

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