In its status report, CBI stated that it has submitted call records of all the accused in the case to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Chandigarh for analysis and it is waiting for the analysis results.
On last hearing of the case on October 16, the court said that CBI has been showing "complete lack of interest" in investigating the case.
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. However, CBI's counsel stressed that CBI is under pressure and the nature of the case is sensitive.
The high court bench said, "CBI has handed over a status report". The status report filed reflects the future steps taken by the CBI in the matter.
Their call detail records were also being analysed, he said, adding that since the case was of a sensitive nature and if the details comes out in the media, it would be hard for officials to extract information. The court agreed on the demand and granted CBI the time until December 21, on which the court shall hear the matter again. The report was then handed to senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, counsel for Najeeb's mother Fatima Nafees.
To this, the bench said it was not supposed to supervise the probe at this stage but only to ensure that the probe was not hampered or influenced in any manner.
On this, the court said:"We can not put unnecessary pressure on the probing agency". The counsel said the CBI's plea seeking consent from the nine people for a polygraph test was listed on Wednesday before a Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court.
Najeeb Ahmad is a M.Sc. Biotechnology student of JNU who disappeared on October 14, 2016. MULTIPLE ATTEMPTSIn November a year ago, the Delhi Police Crime Branch, which was investigating the matter, had stated that it had interrogated an autorickshaw driver that ferried him from JNU to JMI.
The high court had immediately directed the Delhi Police to "explore all angles" and "cut across political barriers" to trace the young man, saying no one could just vanish from the heart of the national capital.
The Delhi High Court had transferred the case to CBI in May 2017, when the Police and SIT - which was constituted by the order of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh - could not do make much progress in the case.