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2017 NLU Jodhpur student's death: Supreme Court reserves order in plea by victim's mother seeking transfer of probe to CBI

The Court today observed that the report submitted by the Rajasthan Police was an "eye-wash" and that the case needed to be re-investigated.

Shruti Mahajan

The Supreme Court today reserved its order in a plea filed by the mother of a law student from National Law University, Jodhpur who was found dead under mysterious circumstances back in 2017.

The petition had sought the transfer of the investigation in the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The Bench of Justices Rohinton Nariman, Navin Sinha and Indira Banerjee today assessed the report submitted by the Rajasthan Police on the progress made in the investigation so far.

The Court today observed that the report was an "eye-wash" and that the case needed to be re-investigated.

"We all can see that this report is a complete eye-wash and there is a need for fresh investigation. This is not the way."
Justice Rohinton Nariman

These observations came from the Bench after counsel for the petitioner, Advocate Sunil Fernandes, pointed out that there has been no progress in the investigation since February of this year. All the points presented by the State before the Rajasthan High Court have been regurgitated now before the Supreme Court, he added.

The Court, after assessing the report, opined that the investigation was surely falling short and that a fresh probe may be required.

Senior Advocate Manish Singhvi, appearing for the State of Rajasthan, argued that despite the investigation, there was no suspicious angle found in the death of the student. However, he submitted that the State will re-investigate the case should the Court direct it to do so, and can place reports of such re-investigation after two months.

The Court proceeded to reserve its order in the matter.

Two months ago, the Supreme Court had directed the Rajasthan Police to complete its probe into the death of the NLU Jodhpur student that took place in 2017.

The Court had also pulled up the state police for not having finished the investigation despite an order from the Rajasthan High Court to this effect passed in February this year.

The student was found dead on railway tracks near the University on August 14, 2017. He had reportedly gone out with this friends to an establishment near the campus on a Sunday evening. While his friends returned to the campus, he told them that he would come later. When he was contacted later in the night, he assured his friends that he would come back soon. His body was discovered the next morning.

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