Defamation of missing JNU student Najeeb: case file goes missing from court
In a shocking incident, the case file related to criminal defamation of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, filed by his mother Fatima Nafees, has gone missing from the Patiala House court in Delhi
In a shocking incident, the file of the criminal defamation case filed by Fatima Nafees, the mother of the missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, has gone missing from Metropolitan Magistrate Ambika Singh’s registry in Patiala House Court in Delhi.
Fatima had, through Human Rights Law Network, filed a criminal defamation suit against Times of India, Times Now, Dilli Aaj Tak, as well as India Today Group reporters for allegedly maligning her son, seeking damages of ₹2.2 crores along with a prayer for permanent injunction, in the Patiala House court.
The defamation case was also against individuals such as ABVP activist Saurabh Sharma for defaming her son by alleging that he had joined an international terrorist organisation despite no evidence and denial issued by the Delhi Police. In the second part of her statement, which was to be recorded on September 14, 2018, Fatima was to bring on record the role of India Today, Dilli Aaj Tak and Saurabh Sharma. “It is no coincidence that the file has gone “missing”, said her lawyer VK Ohri.
The Times of India in March 2017 had claimed that Najeeb was “watching inflammatory material on his laptop” and linked him with an international terrorist organisation. This ToIreport was picked up by other news agencies and widely circulated on social media.
The matter was listed for September 14 after more than three months. When Fatima Nafees last recorded a part of her statement on May 26, 2018, she was narrating the background to this case about the disappearance of her son, and by the time she began to name the first accused, that is, Times of India, the judge abruptly asked her to stop. Only one of the 10 accused were named till then.