(Administrative negligence to solve the student’s death mystery)

The Supreme Court today issued a notice to the CBI in the plea to transfer the investigation pertaining to the mysterious death of a student of National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur named Vikrant Nagaich under mysterious circumstances in the year 2017.

The petition was filed by the mother of deceased student who being aggrieved by the manner of the investigation conducted by the local police apprehends that the negligent investigation and prosecution of the FIR is a result of probable collusion to shield some high, mighty and influential persons and thus seeks to transfer the investigation from state police to Central Bureau Of Investigation. The petitioner has also alleged that till now, no charge sheet has been filed.  The petitioner alleged that, despite substantial evidence given by her, no effort has been made by the investigating authority to apprehend the offenders even though a considerable period has been elapsed since the date of the incident.

 Besides, addressing the negligent behaviour of the Investigating authority she said that the said authority has failed to consider that, near the place of occurrence of the said incident i.e. where the body of the deceased was found was a warehouse, which is managed by a caretaker, who despite being on duty on the night of the incident has not been examined till date. On the contrary, the Police in its report have mentioned that he has since retired, and his statement was not required since he was ‘deaf’ and ‘unreliable’. It is, however, unacceptable 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 of the petitioner, the 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 they’ll only hear the state first before considering transfer 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 first week of July, 2020.         

        (By- Satyajit Pattanaik)