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CBI ends search for missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, mother to move SC

The CBI, which began their probe in May 2017, said it had explored the case from all angles and that no offence was committed against the missing student.

New Delhi: Almost two years after JNU student Najeeb Ahmad, 27, went missing from the university campus, the Central Bureau of Investigation has finally closed the case as the agency’s efforts to trace him have yielded no results, officials said on Monday.

The CBI, which began their probe in May 2017, said it had explored the case from all angles and that no offence was committed against the missing student.

The agency has submitted his report in Patiala House court recently after getting permission of the Delhi High Court, they said. The court is likely to hear the matter on November 29, they said.

While taking permission of the Delhi High Court to close the case, the agency said it could not find any trace of an offence.

Najeeb Ahmad, who was pursuing MSc in Biotechnology, had gone missing from the Mahi-Mandvi hostel of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on October 15, 2016, following a scuffle the previous night with some students allegedly affiliated to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

Fatima Nafees, Najeeb’s mother, had approached the court in November 2016 seeking directions to the police to trace her son. Last week, the Delhi High Court declined her request for a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to monitor the probe and said she “can raise all contentions available to her before the trial court”.

Nafees, who now plans to approach the Supreme Court, alleged that the CBI wanted to file the closure report due to “political compulsions”, read a NDTV report.

“I am saddened because the CBI carried out a biased investigation and its sole objective was to shield those who assaulted my son before he went missing. I have been facing injustice right from the first day,” she said.

The lawyer for the family also told the court that it was a “political case” and that the “CBI has succumbed to the pressure of its masters”.

His mother claimed that Najeeb didn’t leave the campus on his own and there was a “conspiracy behind his disappearance”.

The counsel had earlier said nine students were named in a complaint filed by 18 students, who were eyewitnesses to the alleged assault on Ahmed, yet they were not interrogated.

The nine students named in the complaint have denied all allegations.

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