Delhi High Court today said it has asked the police to explore other avenues of probe, like a polygraph test of persons connected with missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, as all other leads have not yielded any result.
"The student had gone missing in October 2016. It is February 2017 now. Nearly four months have gone by and none of the leads are going anywhere. We asked for a polygraph test as the other leads have not yielded any results," a bench of justices G S Sistani and Vinod Goel said.
The bench was hearing an application by one of the nine students, who are suspects in the case, seeking recall of the high court's 14 December and 22 December 2016 orders.
The bench told the lawyer that if the student does not want to undergo lie detector test, he can refuse to do so.
But in the instant case "the students should assist the police by coming forward voluntarily and joining the probe", it said.
The bench said that the police had not taken the suspected students to the police station for months after Najeeb went missing, which is not usually the case, and added "so can we accuse them of overreacting or under-reacting?"
If the roommate of the missing student has been asked to undergo a lie-detector test, then logically, why should those students not undergo the test with whom he (Najeeb) had a scuffle and quarrel.
We are not saying that just because they had a scuffle with him, they have done anything to him. Why should they feel cornered? You can go today. If you want to say yes, say yes. If you want to say no, say no. Don’t be apprehensive. Law is open for you. Don’t be oversensitive.
It also said that the court was not monitoring the investigation as was being apprehended by the student and it was only giving suggestions to trace out Najeeb.