The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for an inquiry into the death of National Law University (NLU) student, Vikrant Nagaich, under mysterious circumstances in 2017. The mother of deceased 3rd year NLU student has moved the apex court.
She has sought transfer the investigation from state police to CBI due to the apprehension that the lackadaisical and negligent investigation and prosecution of the instant FIR is a result of probable collusion to shield some high, mighty and influential persons.
The petitioner has alleged that a charge sheet has not been filed till date despite she has given substantial evidence. The petition says that despite a considerable period has been elapsed since the date of the incident, no effort has been made by the investigating agency to apprehend the offenders.
“The The investigating agency failed to consider that near the place of occurrence, where the body of the deceased was found, is a warehouse, which is manned 24 hours by a caretaker, who despite being on duty on the night of the incident, has not been examined till date.”
The petition further adds that on the contrary, the police in its report have mentioned that he has retired, and his statement was not required since he was ‘deaf’ and ‘unreliable’.
“It is unfathomable that a deaf and unreliable person was appointed as the night guard/caretaker of a warehouse, and even without taking his statement, the investigating agency has on its own concluded that the same shall not bear any merit on the investigation.”
Acting upon the plea, the Supreme Court Bench comprising of Justice R.F. Nariman, Justice Navin Sinha & Justice B.R. Gavai, said that the bench will first ask for a status report on the probe by the local police. The Court said before considering transfer, they’ll only hear the state first to see why the investigation hasn’t progressed in the last three years.
The Court has issued notice to CBI and listed the case for further hearing in the first week of July, 2020.