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Najeeb case: HC pulls up forensic lab for delay in examining phones

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has pulled up the Chandigarh forensic laboratory on Monday for its lackadaisical approach in examining mobile phones of nine students in connection with the missing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed.
A bench of Justice S Muralidhar and Justice IS Mehta said that despite specific directions, the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Chandigarh, has not expedited the process to examine seized electronic devices and asked its director to appear before it if the process is not completed by April 30.
The court direction came after the Central Bureau of Investigation's submission that the lab has sent analysis report of three phones out of nine sent to it.
The agency also stated that the forensic analysis report of three phone has been conducted by a junior officer who was not qualified enough. The court in the last hearing had asked the laboratory to expedite its process and give its report to the CBI.
The court has been hearing a habeas corpus plea filed by Fatima Nafees, Najeeb Ahmed's mother, that her son be produced by police and the Delhi government before the court.
Ahmed, 27, an MSc First Year student, went missing on October 15, 2016, after a fight with alleged members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.
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