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Anil Baijal to be Delhi L-G after Pranab Mukherjee accepts Najeeb Jung’s resignation

President Pranab Mukherjee, on Thursday, accepted the resignation of Najeeb Jung as Delhi Lieutenant Governor. Former Home Secretary, Anil Baijal is slated to replace him as the new administrator of the National Capital Territory, according to India Today TV.

In his career as a bureaucrat, Baijal, a 1969 batch IAS officer, has donned many hats.

A file image of Anil Baijal. News18

A file image of Anil Baijal. News18

He retired from the service in October, 2006 as Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. While in that ministry, he was instrumental in the designing and roll-out of the  Jawahar Lal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) with federal grant equivalent of about Rs 60,000 crore, for improvement of infrastructure and provision of basic services in urban areas of India, according to his profile on IDFC group website, of which he is a non-executive chairman and an independent director. 

He has been the union home secretary in the NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The former bureaucrat  has also been the vice-chairman of the Delhi Development Authority and had headed key public sector companies like Prasar Bharti and Indian Airlines.

In a sudden move, Jung had submitted his resignation on 22 December, ending a nearly three-and-half-year-long eventful tenure, mostly marked by bitter confrontation with AAP government.

The 65-year-old Jung, a former 1973 batch IAS officer and former vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia University, had assumed charge as Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi on 9 July, 2013.

First Published On : Dec 28, 2016 16:29 IST

Jung made to resign as he wanted to release Shunglu Committee report: Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken claimed Najeeb Jung had to resign because he had planned to make public the Shunglu Committee report and alleged there was a “deal” between BJP and AAP on the matter.He alleged BJP does not want Congress to form governments in Goa and Punjab, and if the Shunglu Committee report were made public, AAP would have suffered great jolts in the two states, benefiting his party.The report was not made public as it would have exposed AAP and hence as per the “deal”, Jung, who wanted to release it, was made to resign.
ALSO READ I wanted to quit earlier, PM Modi asked me to carry on, says Najeeb JungThe two BJP-ruled states go to poll next year and the AAP has launched intensive election campaigns.”It seems the deal was struck between the BJP and AAP not to make public the Shunglu Committee report as it would have exposed irregularities in 200 files of Delhi government,” Maken told a press conference.
ALSO READ AAP, Cong should not do politics on Najeeb Jung’s resignation: Kiren Rijiju”Dr Najeeb Jung was to make public the Shunglu Committee report on Monday, that’s why he had to resign,” Maken said quoting “reliable source”.The two states go to poll next year and the AAP has launched intensive election campaigns.
ALSO READ Arvind Kejriwal meets Najeeb Jung, says he resigned due to personal reasons”BJP does not want the Congress party to form governments in Goa and Punjab at any cost. However, the Congress is coming to power in both the states,” he claimed.Earlier, Maken had demanded the Modi government to explain the reason behind sudden resignation by Najeeb Jung from the post of Lt Governor.He had charged the reason behind Jung’s “unceremonious exit” could be a “deal” between Narendra Modi and Kejriwal, or he was punished for poor performance of BJP in MCD bypolls, or the government wanted to place a representative of RSS on his post.Jung had formed the Committee to examine over 400 files on the AAP government decisions.

I wanted to quit earlier, PM Modi asked me to carry on, says Najeeb Jung

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Najeeb Jung on Friday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a day after springing a surprise by tendering resignation as Delhi’s Lt Governor even as he said that he had wanted to quit earlier but was asked by the PM to continue.Jung reached the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) at South Block here around 11.30 AM and spent a little over an hour inside.Sources said it was a courtesy meeting. on Thursday, in his brief resignation statement, Jung had thanked Modi for his help and cooperation.Rejecting speculation that he quit as pressure was mounting on him, Jung was quoted as saying by NDTV that there is no politics behind his decision and that he wanted to quit earlier as well.”I had offered to resign as I had been appointed by the previous UPA government, but the PM asked me to carry on. After three years, I requested the PM to relieve me but he asked me to carry on,” he said.
ALSO READ AAP, Cong should not do politics on Najeeb Jung’s resignation: Kiren Rijiju”After three and a half years, I requested the PM again on Tuesday that I would like to resign on personal grounds,” Jung was quoted as saying.Jung also said that he would like to write a book.
ALSO READ Najeeb calls it quits, speculation over new ‘Jung’ beginsOver the last two years, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has time and again taken on Jung over his perceived closeness to Modi.Earlier in the day, Kejriwal had an hour-long meeting with Jung over breakfast during which the latter reminisced their nearly two-year-long association in governing the city besides discussing other issues.
ALSO READ Arvind Kejriwal meets Najeeb Jung, says he resigned due to personal reasonsThe Delhi Chief Minister said he was invited by the Lt Governor for the breakfast meeting that came a day after Jung’s sudden resignation from the post.Sources said Jung and Kejriwal spoke about the bitter- sweet times and spent some light moments.Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also called on Jung.Asked why Jung quit, Kejriwal said, “He resigned due to personal reasons.”Though publicly Kejriwal had made stinging attacks on Jung on many occasions, both of them are known to share a cordial relationship at personal level.Asked about his meeting with Jung, Sisodia said, “We had a very good chat. He shared memories of the last two years and also of his days as a bureaucrat. He said that he was mulling quitting over the last one year.”He wants to spend time with his family and focus on academics. He said that he could not quit due to things like chikungunya (outbreak in the city).”Sisodia said he shared a “good rapport” with Jung and thanked him for his cooperation especially in areas of education. “We will work for the people if Delhi irrespective of circumstances be that easy or tough.”On who could be next LG of Delhi, the Deputy Chief Minister said many names are doing the rounds but nothing official has come up.Sources close to Jung had said yesterday his resignation has nothing to do with his acrimonious relationship with the AAP government over matters of jurisdiction and he was contemplating to quit for last few months.The Chief Minister was in Ranchi yesterday when the news of Jung’s resignation broke.

AAP, Cong should not do politics on Najeeb Jung’s resignation: Kiren Rijiju

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Kiren Rijiju criticised the Aam Aadmi Party and Congress for “doing politics” over the resignation of Delhi LG Najeeb Jung. “I don’t know what problems do the AAP and Congress have. When Jung was working, they were demanding resignation. Now since he has resigned, they are questioning why he has resigned. Should Jung have resigned by taking permission from AAP and Congress?,” Rijiju said.The Minister of State for Home said the AAP and Congress leaders have no locus standi to ask questions. He asked the two parties “to give up doing politics” over Jung’s resignation.Rijiju also refused to speculate on the reasons behind Jung’s resignation saying only Jung could tell it.
ALSO READ LG v/s AAP: A timeline of the battle between Najeeb Jung and Arvind KejriwalRaising questions over Jung’s sudden resignation, Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken had demanded that the Centre should explain the reasons behind his “unceremonious exit”, saying there is more to it than meets the eye. The AAP had alleged that Jung worked under the “influence” of the Modi dispensation and questioned whether the power tussle between the Centre and Delhi government will continue even after the appointment of a new LG. “Modi government promotes its people. We hope he gets a better posting after this. I am unhappy that his tenure was disgraceful. Now that he has gone, good luck to him. Najeeb Jung’s behaviour was not his. He was under the influence of someone. We hope the next LG gives priority to issues concerning people and does not work under anyone’s influence,” AAP’s Kumar Vishwas had said.

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Now he has spoken, there will be no quake, PM Modi mocks Rahul, criticises Manmohan, ChidambaramHe also attacked the Opposition for stalling Parliament over the currency ban, by alleging that they were trying to “rescue the corrupt”. Read more.2. Najeeb calls it quits, speculation over new ‘Jung’ beginsJung’s sudden resignation caught everyone unawares. Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi claimed that the LG had given no indication of his plan to resign two days ago when he had a meeting with him. Read more.3. No need to go on defensive, Amit Shah tells party leadersAmit Shah is understood to have cautioned his party against going on the defensive or allowing political opponents to set the agenda. Read more.4. World No.1, aiming for that: PV SindhuRio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu has set her eyes upon going for the numero uno ranking. Read more.5. Saifeena’s baby has fans going crazyWhile the speculation continues, the family has neither accepted or denied the authenticity of the images — the latest being of the parents and the baby. Read more.

AAP v/s LG: Najeeb Jung’s sudden resignation leaves bete noire Arvind Kejriwal ‘surprised’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, whose nearly three-and-a-half-year tenure was marked by frequent run-ins with the AAP government, sprang a surprise by resigning from his post on Thursday, triggering speculation whether he was asked to quit. The sudden announcement that the 65-year-old former bureaucrat had quit took political circles by surprise since only a few days earlier he had written to the Centre that he was going on leave to Goa during Christmas and had even scheduled a meeting with Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi.Jung’s clash with the AAP government headed by Arvind Kejriwal that frequently reached the doors of judiciary led to speculation whether his decision had anything to do with the anticipated Supreme Court judgement next month on the powers of an elected government. He had often overruled decisions of the Kejriwal government and the Supreme Court had even observed in one of the hearings that an elected government should have some powers. Jung had invited criticism that his run-ins with the AAP government often brought governance in the capital to a standstill.The speculation ranged between the Centre asking him to quit and the possibility of some embarrassing disclosures that could have persuaded him to put in his papers but his top aide Ajay Choudhury maintained it was purely personal. In a brief statement, Jung’s office said he has submitted his resignation to the government and that he would be returning to academics, “his first love”. Before becoming LG, Jung had headed the Jamia Millia Islamia university as Vice Chancellor.
ALSO READ LG v/s AAP: A timeline of the battle between Najeeb Jung and Arvind KejriwalMehrishi said Jung had given no indication two days ago when he had a meeting with him. “The LG met me day before yesterday but he did not give any indication of submitting his resignation. Another meeting of mine with the LG is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday)… I have come to know about his resignation only from the media,” Mehrishi told reporters. Jung thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his help and cooperation and Chief Minister Kejriwal for his two-year “association”.Sources close to Jung said that his resignation has nothing to do with his acrimonious relationship with the AAP government and he was contemplating to quit for last few months. “His decision to quit was not at all related to his relationship with the AAP government. It was purely a personal decision which he was mulling over for quite some time,” a source said.
ALSO READ Home Secretary met Najeeb Jung two days ago, was unaware of his resignationThe names of former Home Secretary Anil Baijal, Kiran Bedi and BS Bassi are doing the rounds for filling the vacancy caused by Jung’s decision. Reacting to Jung’s resignation, Kejriwal said the decision surprised him and he was ready to work with the new Lt Governor.While BJP was guarded in its reaction, Congress said the Centre must explain why Jung was “unceremoniously removed and whether it was done to bring someone to the top administrative post who is ideologically close to the RSS”.
ALSO READ Despite bitter-sweet experiences, we did a good job in Delhi with Najeeb Jung: Manish Sisodia Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said despite several “bitter-sweet experiences, I can say that we have worked very well for Delhi with Jung. Good wishes for his future”. Kejriwal has been alleging that Jung was siding with the Centre as he was eyeing the post of Vice President, election for which is due in the middle of next year.A 1973-batch IAS officer, Jung had assumed charge as 19th Lt Governor of Delhi on July 9, 2013, five months before the Delhi Assembly elections. The then Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had played a role in appointing Jung to the top post in the city administration.He had run the city for nearly one year during President’s rule after the AAP government had quit on February 14, 2014 after a short stint of 49 days.In the statement, his office also said “Jung also thanks the people of Delhi for all their support and affection, especially during the one year of President’s Rule in Delhi, when he got unstinted support from them and which in turn helped run the administration in Delhi smoothly and effortlessly.”Normally governors are appointed for a five-year term but there is no fixed tenure for Lt Governors.Born on January 18, 1951 Jung did his post graduation in History from Delhi University and later did MA in Social Policy and Planning from London School of Economics, UK. He had joined Indian Administrative Services (IAS) in 1973 and served in Madhya Pradesh government and at several key positions, including as joint secretary in the ministry of petroleum and natural gas, in the central government.A literary enthusiast, Jung had also worked with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies of Oxford University on energy-related issues. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said Jung’s decision appears to be his personal one, adding he served Delhi quite well.Raising questions over Jung’s sudden resignation, Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken demanded that the Centre should explain the reasons behind his “unceremonious exit”, saying there is more to it than meets the eye. Maken also suggested that Jung’s sudden exit may be the result of a “deal” between Modi and Kejriwal. “We want to know whether there was any deal between Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal in the sudden resignation of Jung as he was apparently under pressure, or whether the BJP and the central government want to bring in an RSS-connected or RSS-supported person as the LG of Delhi. “The Centre must explain the circumstances leading to Jung’s exit,” he told a press conference.The AAP alleged Jung worked under the “influence” of the Modi dispensation and questioned whether the power tussle between the Centre and Delhi government will continue even after the appointment of a new LG. “Modi government promotes its people. We hope he gets a better posting after this. I am unhappy that his tenure was disgraceful. Now that he has gone, good luck to him. “Najeeb Jung’s behaviour was not his. He was under the influence of someone. We hope the next LG gives priority to issues concerning people and does not work under anyone’s influence,” AAP’s Kumar Vishwas said.

JNU student Najeeb’s roommate bunks polygraph test with Delhi police

Missing JNU student Ahmed’s roommate, who was supposed to undergo a polygraph test , didn’t turn up for it despite giving his consent. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed’s roommate, who was supposed to undergo a polygraph test , didn’t turn up for it despite giving his consent, police said. The polygraph test was scheduled today after Mohd Qasim, Najeeb’s roommate gave his consent last week but he didn’t turn up at Forensic Science Laboratory, Rohini, a senior police officer said. Many of the students connected to the probe are out of Delhi because of vacations and have been asked to give their consent for the polygraph test. Police have so far served notices to nine people, including family members of Najeeb as well as the students with whom he was allegedly involved in a brawl at his hostel a night before he vanished.More than 600 Delhi Police personnel assisted by sniffer dogs and mounted police had concluded their search of the sprawling JNU campus on December 20 but could not find any clue. Najeeb has been missing since October 15 after an alleged scuffle at his hostel with ABVP students on the night of October 14. A reward of Rs 10 lakh has been announced by Delhi Police on any information about him.

Despite bitter-sweet experiences, we did a good job in Delhi with Najeeb Jung: Manish Sisodia

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal described the resignation of Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Thursday as a “surprise” move while his deputy Manish Sisodia said working with him was a “bitter-sweet” experience, but the AAP government and Jung did a “good job in Delhi together”. Kejriwal and Sisodia spoke to Jung over phone and wished him luck for his future. The Delhi Chief Minister said it was “good” working with him. “Jung’s resignation is a surprise to me. My best wishes in all his future endeavours,” Kejriwal tweeted.The Deputy CM said, “I spoke to him (Jung) who told me he was feeling tired and wanted to work for education. During the 49-day regime as well, we had bitter-sweet experience with him. In health, education, electricity, we and the L-G worked together.” “Despite all the bitter-sweet experiences, I can say that together with Najeeb Jung we have good job for Delhi,” he tweeted.
ALSO READ Jung’s tenure ‘disgraceful’, worked at the behest of Modi: Kumar Vishwas On being asked about names of Puducherry’s Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi and former Delhi police chief BS Bassi doing the rounds for the post of the Delhi L-G, Sisodia said it is prerogative of Centre to depute Lt Governor. “We want cooperation from the Centre. We will fight for the people’s interest if there is no cooperation from the Centre,” he said.
ALSO READ From Kejriwal to Maken: Politicians react to Najeeb Jung’s resignationHowever, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party slammed Jung, saying he worked under the “influence” of the Modi dispensation. “Good wishes to Najeeb Jung for his future endeavour. God should give some good sense to them who controlled him. Will the war continue even after Jung’s (exit)?” Delhi minister Kapil Mishra said.Senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas termed Jung’s tenure “disgraceful”. Vishwas alleged the L-G troubled the Delhi government at the behest of Modi dispensation and took a jibe saying Jung would get a “better posting”.
ALSO READ Black chapter for women in Delhi over: DCW chief Swati Maliwal hails ‘tyrant’ Jung’s resignation “The Modi government promotes its people. We hope, he gets a better posting after this. I am unhappy that his tenure was disgraceful. Now that he has gone, good luck to him.””Najeeb Jung’s behaviour was not his. He was under the influence of someone. We hope the next L-G gives priority to issues concerning people and does not work under anyone’s influence,” Vishwas said.In a sudden move, Jung resigned on Thursday amid a bitter confrontation with the AAP government. Without citing reasons, Jung’s office said he has submitted his resignation to the Centre. 65-year-old Jung, a former IAS officer, had assumed charge of Lt Governor of Delhi on July 9, 2013.

Kejriwal party do: Twitter reacts to Najeeb Jung’s resignation as Delhi LG

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a sudden move, Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung resigned today, ending a nearly three-and-half- year-long eventful tenure, mostly marked by bitter confrontation with AAP government on a range of issues that virtually brought governance to a halt on many occasions. Without citing reasons for the decision, 65-year-old Jung, who had taken charge in July 2013, thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his help and cooperation and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his “association”.In a brief statement, Jung’s office said he has submitted his resignation to the Government of India and that he would be returning back to academics, “his first love”. Sources close to him told PTI that his resignation has nothing to do with his acrimonious relationship with the AAP government and he was contemplating to quit for last few months. “His decision to quit was not at all related to his relationship with the AAP government. It was purely a personal decision which he was mulling over for quite some time,” they said. Reacting to Jung’s resignation, Kejriwal said the decision surprised him. “Sh Jung’s resignation is a surprise to me. My best wishes in all his future endeavours,” he tweeted.

JNU missing student: Sniffer dogs asked to enter campus by Delhi HC to find Najeeb

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Concerned over continued disappearance of a JNU student for nearly two months, Delhi High Court directed the police on Wednesday to “scan” the entire campus, including hostels, classrooms and rooftops, of the varsity by using sniffer dogs. A bench of justices GS Sistani and Vinod Goel also asked Delhi Police to take all necessary steps without further loss of time to trace out the student – Najeeb Ahmed, saying there has been delay in recording statements of some students suspected of thrashing him a day before his disappearance.Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and its student union, JNUSU, were asked by the bench to file affidavits in two days stating they have no objection to the “thorough search” and that all assistance would be provided to the police. The court also said the police was free to search Jamia Millia University also, if required. In case of any resistance or objection to it from the varsity or its students, the agency could approach the court for permission.The bench said it was not concerned about which students union did what and it was not on a fact-finding mission regarding what JNU did wrong or right. “We are only concerned with where he has vanished,” it said. The directions came on the habeus corpus plea by Najeeb’s mother, Fatima Nafees, who has moved court to trace out her son who has been missing since the intervening night of October 14-15. The matter was listed for further hearing on December 22.The lawyer for Najeeb’s mother contended that the police was “bypassing” the abduction angle and it appeared that the agency was moving on the theory that something was mentally wrong with the student as he just walked out of the campus.Delhi Police, represented by senior standing counsel for Delhi government Rahul Mehra, refuted the allegations and told the court that it was exploring all angles, including abduction, and was not hiding any details of the probe from the student’s mother.Mehra also said four students, who are suspected of beating up Najeeb, would be put to lie-detector tests to get leads or clues about his disappearance and whereabouts. The police expected to get results in the next 10 days, he said. The mother’s lawyer, during arguments, said the manner in which emphasis of police has shifted from Najeeb being beaten up to him slapping another student and then leaving the campus, indicates that “he may even be dead”.He said that even JNU’s stand appears to focus on Najeeb slapping a student rather than him being beaten up. While he was expelled from the hostel, the others were only transferred to another hostel as punishment, he said. The lawyer also questioned the police version that an auto driver had dropped off Najeeb at Jamia university, saying no record of autorickshaw registration numbers was maintained at the gates of JNU.This allegation was refuted by the police which said it had records of autorickshaw numbers of nearly a year and the petitioner could examine it. However, the court asked how such things could help find the missing student as the “bottom line” was to trace him. It was of the view that these accusations would only lead the court to deviate from the main issue of tracing Najeeb.The court was of the view that Najeeb, who was pursuing MSc in Biotechnology from JNU, could not have just vanished and that he cannot have gone far. It was also of the opinion that the four students who were members of ABVP and accused of thrashing Najeeb, “may be aggressors”, but they might not be the abductors.It said these students, whose statements were recorded recently by Delhi Police, “do not appear to be experts” who can hide a person for nearly two months. Meanwhile, JNU told the court that a search operation of the campus was carried out by its security guards along with the police, but the cops said they only searched the open areas and were restricted from entering other parts of the varsity.On December 9, the court had slammed the police for remaining clueless about the whereabouts of Najeeb. On November 28, the High Court had sternly asked the city police to “cut across all political barriers” and find Najeeb.

Missing JNU student: Delhi HC slams cops for failure to trace him

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court slammed the police on Friday for remaining clueless about missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who has remained untraced for 55 days, asking how can a man just “vanish suddenly”.Maintaining that it was concerned with the recovery of the boy whose mother has been running from pillar to post to be united with her son, the Court said a situation, in which a missing person has not been traced for over 50 days, would create a sense of insecurity among the people. “It is over 50 days. Still you (police) do not know about his whereabouts. How can somebody vanish suddenly and police has no clue about it? Even if we think of the worst, something has to be found out. We are pained that the missing person has not been traced till date,” a bench of Justices GS Sistani and Vinod Goel said.Najeeb went missing from JNU’s Mahi-Mandvi hostel on October 15 allegedly after an on-campus scuffle between him and some members of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). The ABVP has denied involvement in his disappearance. The bench said, “We are not concerned with the scuffle. We only want that the boy is recovered and he returns to his house. We are concerned that the mother should get her child.”The court’s oral observation came after the police and the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) informed it that Najeeb has remained untraceable till date and they were making all efforts to locate him. The varsity and the police were responding to the habeus corpus plea filed by Najeeb’s 45-year old mother Fatima Nafees who was also present in the court today. She has sought directions to the authorities to trace her 27-year-old son who was pursuing MSc in Biotechnology from JNU.During the brief hearing, senior standing counsel Rahul Mehra, appearing for the police, told the bench that the Crime Branch was exploring all angles to trace Najeeb and even issued advertisements. “We are diligent, We will do whatever is to be done at our level,” Mehra said.

JNU’s missing student: How can a man suddenly vanish, asks Delhi HC, slams cops for remaining clueless

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday slammed the police for remaining clueless about missing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed, who has remained untraced for 55 days, asking how can a man just “vanish suddenly”.

Maintaining that it was concerned with the recovery of the boy whose mother has been running from pillar to post to be united with her son, the Court said a situation, in which a missing person has not been traced for over 50 days, would create a sense of insecurity among the people.

“It is over 50 days. Still you (police) do not know about his whereabouts. How can somebody vanish suddenly and police has no clue about it? Even if we think of the worst, something has to be found out. We are pained that the missing person has not been traced till date,” a bench of Justice G S Sistani and Justice Vinod Goel said.

Najeeb went missing from JNU’s Mahi-Mandvi hostel on 15 October allegedly after an on-campus scuffle between him and some members of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). The ABVP has denied involvement in his disappearance.

The bench said, “We are not concerned with the scuffle. We only want that the boy is recovered and he returns to his house. We are concerned that the mother should get her child.”

The court’s oral observation came after the police and the JNU informed it that Najeeb has remained untraceable till date and they were making all efforts to locate him.

The varsity and the police were responding to the habeus corpus plea filed by Najeeb’s 45-year old mother Fatima Nafees who was also present in the court today. She has sought directions to the authorities to trace her 27-year-old son who was pursuing MSc in Biotechnology from JNU.

Delhi High Court. AFP

Delhi High Court. AFP

During the brief hearing, senior standing counsel Rahul Mehra, appearing for the police, told the bench that the Crime Branch was exploring all angles to trace Najeeb and even issued advertisements. “We are diligent, We will do whatever is to be done at our level,” Mehra said.

On the other hand, JNU’s counsel Monika Arora submitted before that “since day one, the university is in regular contact with the Delhi police obtaining updates and providing relevant information to the police regarding the incident.

“It is also stated that university has carried out its own search operation in the hostel and the campus of the JNU. Moreover, the security guards alongwith police teams have been coordinating in search of Najeeb in the adjoining and adjacent forest areas of the JNU campus,” Arora said, adding that “the university’s Vice Chancellor has written to the senior police officials and SHO concerned to expedite the search of missing student Najeeb”.

To this, the bench said, “this is something very serious. If a person disappears and remains untraced, it would create a sense of insecurity in the public of the city.”

The bench asked the police to “explore all angles” and listed the matter for further hearing on 14 December .

Arora, in a status report, said soon after the incident, the hostel warden had called a meeting including Najeeb and other persons involved in the altercation.

“All persons involved in the altercation including Najeeb were called by the warden, some disciplinary measures were taken after Najeeb admitted his mistake for initiating the brawl/altercation with his fellow students. The said issue was resolved in presence of JNUSU President and other college staff and students,” JNU submitted.

It also told the bench that the students involved in the scuffle on the fateful night have been identified and their immediate transfer from the hostel was recommended.

The counsel said the office of the Chief Proctor has acknowledged that there was a scuffle and submitted the Proctorial Board report on the incident at the hostel.

“After Najeeb is found, the disciplinary action awarded to these persons will be again looked into,” the court was told.

On 28 November , the High Court had sternly asked the city police to “cut across all political barriers” and find Najeeb.

First Published On : Dec 9, 2016 18:56 IST

Najeeb Ahmed’s kin says JNU ‘shielding’ assaulters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Almost two months after the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed went missing following an altercation with some ABVP members, the varsity administration on Thursday said the proctorial inquiry report has identified the students involved in the scuffle. The report also recommended that strong warning be issued against the students involved, even as Najeeb’s family and protesting students called it yet another attempt to “shield” the attackers.A statement issued by the varsity administration read: “The Office of the Chief Proctor has submitted its Proctorial Inquiry Report on the incident of Mahi-Mandavi Hostel. The report has identified the students involved in the reported scuffle, and has recommended their immediate transfer from their present hostel. It has also recommended that a strong warning be issued to these students against repeating such scuffles in the future.”It further stated: “The Vice-Chancellor has approved the report and has suggested that after Najeeb is found, the disciplinary action awarded by the Warden’s Committee for vacating the hostel premises may be revisited,” adding that the administration appeals to Najeeb to return to the campus without any “apprehension”.“Is this what they call justice? They are trying to portray that Najeeb disappeared voluntarily. But we were expecting something like this only from them. We are not at all surprised by the statement they have issued,” said Najeeb’s sister Sadaf Musharraf.The varsity students further said that this was the “mildest” punishment recommended for someone who nearly “lynched” a person. “Even the Delhi High Court has recognised the serious facts around the case. Still, the JNU administration is taking such a lenient view to shield the ABVP members,” said JNU Students’ Union President Mohit Pandey.He further said the proctorial inquiry has raised several questions regarding the intentions of the varsity administration. “Why is the report narrating the entire incident still not public?” Pandey asked, adding that they were sure that the Vice-Chancellor has tried to change the report to shield the ABVP members.Najeeb Ahmed, 27, a resident of Badaun district in Uttar Pradesh and a first-year MSc student at JNU, has been missing since October 15 after a scuffle with some ABVP members the night before. The case has been transferred to the Crime Branch of Delhi Police.

Modi will never make a Muslim the Vice President: Kejriwal hits out at ‘Hitler’ Jung

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Miffed over the appointment of Dilraj Kaur as the member secretary of DCW, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hit out at Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, likening him to “Hitler”. “LG is acting like Hitler, following in footsteps of his masters Mr Modi n Amit Shah…Najeeb Jung has sold his soul to the Prime Minister,” Kejriwal said in a series of tweets. The appointment of member secretary to the DCW (Delhi Commission for Women) recently emerged as yet another flashpoint between Kejriwal and Jung. He also claimed that Jung was selling his soul to become the Vice President, but Modi wouldn’t make a Muslim the Vice President. Kejriwal had termed as “unconstitutional” the earlier appointment of Alka Diwan to the same post, saying Jung had overlooked the name suggested by the government. DCW chief Swati Maliwal had alleged that the appointment of Diwan led to the stalling of the functioning of the Commission and was subverting its autonomy.

Narendra Modi is better than Donald Trump, says JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar

Mumbai: JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “better” than US President-elect Donald Trump.

Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI file imageKanhaiya Kumar. PTI file image

Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI file image

Kumar was speaking at a panel discussion titled ‘From Bihar to Tihar‘ at Times LitFest. “Despite several differences (he may have with Narendra Modi), Modi is better than Trump. There has been a rise in authoritative sentiment across the world and if you see the kind of language that was used in (US) presidential election, the comments made against migrants and women were unprecedented,” said Kumar, who earlier this year faced a sedition case over “anti-national” slogans at Jawaharlal Nehru
University.

The student leader quoted the iconic African American leader Martin Luther King, saying, “Bad people are shouting not because they are more powerful but because the good people are quiet.”

Speaking about Najeeb Ahmed, the JNU student who has been missing for the past several weeks, Kumar said, “The government is actually doing nothing but throwing some issues before us. It is happening because there is no powerful opposition that would keep a check on this government. The issues of Dadri (lynching by cow-vigilantes), JNU’s anti-national slogans and Najeeb’s missing are being diverted. In Dadri, the committee is focusing on whether it was beef or not, in Rohith Vemula case, the committee was set up to decide his caste, in JNU’s anti-national slogan case, the committee was set up to find out whether footage was doctored or not. There are many other similar cases,” he said.

“Why was no chargesheet filed in the JNU anti-national slogans case even after nine months if the government was serious?” Kumar asked.

First Published On : Dec 2, 2016 22:55 IST

Najeeb Ahmed case: JNU students union to go on indefinite sit-in

New Delhi: JNU students union on Tuesday decided to start an indefinite sit-in at the varsity’s administration block protesting the university’s decision to not allow protests.

The administration had warned the students union to avoid any protests or demonstration at the venue, which is now known as “Freedom square” or face disciplinary action.

“Today after not getting any reply from administration JNUSU has decided to go for indefinite sit-in at the
administration block against scuttling of protest space and scuttling justice in Najeeb’s case,” JNUSU President Mohit Pandey said.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The students are protesting against alleged inaction by the administration on the issue of the missing first year MSc student Najeeb Ahmed. Ahmed went missing from the campus on 15 October after he was allegedly assaulted by ABVP members during a hostel election campaign a night before.

The university on 3 November and on Monday wrote to Pandey to not hold any meetings/ demonstrations near the administrative block or face action. “But it has come to the notice of the administration that you are going to hold a protest at the administrative block. You are once again advised not to hold the above mentioned activity near the administrative block, otherwise necessary disciplinary action will be taken as per university rules,” the letter said.

The administration said that it has received complaints from residents living around and staff working in the block that they are getting disturbed and “such” activities should be held at either Open Theatre or Students’ Activity Centre.

Stating that in 45 days since Ahmed went missing the administration didn’t mention once in any of its reports that Ahmed was allegedly assaulted by group of students connected to ABVP, Pandey said, “JNU administration did not think this case is important for them and did not send anybody to reply in court.”

“Now there is a permanent ban on protests near administration block and JNU administration is threatening
students and JNUSU that do the protests around KC and open theatre and don’t do protest around ad block. VC is in a permanent denial to meet students and reply them.”

“He meets with RSS delegates, with ABVP members but not with union. This is the state of Sanghi administration in our university. A student is missing from university after he was assaulted by ABVP goons. Justice in this case is missing. Accountability is missing,” he added.

First Published On : Nov 29, 2016 21:17 IST

JNU missing student case: Something more to Najeeb’s disappearance, HC tells Delhi police

New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Monday sternly asked the city police to “cut across all political barriers” and find missing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed, saying there could be “something more” to his disappearance as no one can just vanish from the heart of the national capital.

Expressing concern over the whereabouts of the student who has remained untraceable for 45 days now, the court also raised several questions, including why the alleged on-campus scuffle between Najeeb and some members of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the injuries sustained by Najeeb was not mentioned in the Delhi police’s status report.

A bench of justices GS Sistani and Vinod Goel said if a person disappears from the national capital and remains untraceable, then it would create a “sense of insecurity” in the people here and asked the police to explore all angles.

“This is the heart of India, the national capital. No one can just disappear from here. It creates a sense of insecurity in people. If he disappeared, then there is something more to that. All angles have to be explored. Forty five days is a long period for someone to be underground,” it said to the police which is of the view that Najeeb was “not forcefully abducted”.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

After perusing the status report of Delhi police, the court asked why was Najeeb taken to the Safdarjung hospital in an ambulance if he had no apparent or visible injuries, as this detail was missing from the police report.

It also asked why the report does not say anything about the alleged on-campus scuffle between Najeeb and some members allegedly of ABVP who are alleged to have brutally beaten him up and only mentions that the missing student had slapped one of them.

The judge questioned why the police waited till 11 November to interrogate those persons with whom Najeeb allegedly had an altercation on the night of 14-15 October, prior to his disappearance on 15 October and against whom a criminal complaint was lodged on 17 October .

“Cut across all political barriers. Get him back. You will get your answers at either of the two places, Jamia or JNU. No need to go to Aligarh or any other place so far,” the bench told the police, which said that an auto driver has claimed to have dropped off Najeeb at the Jamia Milia Islamia University.

The court was hearing a habeus corpus plea filed by the student’s mother 45-year old Fatima Nafees, who was in court on Monday and was in tears during the hearing. She has sought directions to the authorities to trace her 27-year-old son who was pursuing MSc in Biotechnology from JNU.

During the hearing, the bench said it did not want to tell the police what to do but it can easily “shadow” some of the persons involved in the matter to know what was going on and to “fearlessly” tell the court what it has found out.

The court was also not pleased with the “attitude” of the JNU Vice Chancellor for not assigning anyone in the matter despite being served a copy of the petition. “He does not think it is an important matter? This is not a good attitude,” it said and directed JNU to file a response to the woman’s plea by the next date of hearing.

The court also asked the varsity to reconsider Najeeb’s expulsion from the hostel, if not already done so, and to advertise in newspapers that they will reconsider his punishment once he returns. It asked Najeeb’s mother to issue a statement asking him to return and directed the management and students of JNU to assist and cooperate with the police to trace him.

During arguments, the police said its crime branch was exploring all angles, including that Najeeb’s disappearance had something to do with his “illness of mental depression” for which he was under medication since 2012. It was also of the view that he was hiding as he was probably ashamed of being expelled from the hostel.

Senior advocate Colin Gonzalves, appearing for Fatima, argued that he was “disappointed” by the manner of probe as the agency was not exploring the possibility of Najeeb being abducted as he was allegedly threatened by the ABVP members.

The court said someone getting beaten up in a college hostel was “not unusual”, but no one disappears over it. It also took note of the steps taken by the police, like uploading his details to the Zonal Integrated Police network, putting up notices across the city and issuing advertisements in newspapers, apart from enhancing the reward from Rs 50,000 to Rs five lakh for information leading to his recovery.

Najeeb’s mother, in her petition filed through advocate Ali Qambar Zaidi, sought the setting up of a “court appointed Special Investigation Team of impartial officers of proven integrity from outside the state of Delhi” to take over the entire investigation from crime branch of Delhi police.

She has also alleged that her son was beaten up by members of ABVP “which is affiliated to the RSS and therefore, closely connected with the BJP which is the party in power at the Centre and since the Delhi police comes under the control of the central government, it is not likely that any progress will be made in the investigation”.

First Published On : Nov 28, 2016 19:39 IST

Government and cops get notice after Najeeb Ahmed’s mother moves HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than a month after Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed went missing under mysterious circumstances, his mother Fatima Nafees on Friday filed a Habeas Corpus petition in the High Court, expressing dissatisfaction over the police investigation in the case.The matter was listed before the Division Bench comprising Justices G S Sistani and Sunita Gupta, which issued notices to the Delhi government and the police, asking them to come up with explanations. The Bench also directed the Delhi Police to come up with their investigation report within three days.Najeeb Ahmed, a resident of Badaun district in Uttar Pradesh and a first-year MSc student at JNU, has been missing since October 15 following an altercation with some ABVP members on the night before at the Mahi Mandavi hostel.In her petition, Nafees expressed dissatisfaction with the way the Delhi Police have been conducting the investigation and accused the varsity administration of “shielding the persons responsible for her son’s disappearance”.The case was recently transferred to the Crime Branch of Delhi Police from the special Investigation Team formed by the Commissioner of Police, Alok Kumar Verma.Last week, the Crime Branch traced the initial movement of Najeeb, stating that he had taken an auto-rickshaw from outside JNU for the Jamia Millia University after calling his mother.The revelation came after the sleuths managed to trace the auto driver who ferried Najeeb. The driver even took the police to the spot where he dropped the student. Before shifting to Mahi Mandavi hostel in JNU campus, Ahmad was living with his relatives in Jamia.Earlier, the Delhi Police had raised the reward from Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh for anyone providing information that could help locate Najeeb.The issue had almost paralysed the functioning of the varsity with agitating JNU Students Union keeping Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar and other university officials under siege for over 20 hours.Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had also pulled up the force and asked the CP Verma to make all efforts to trace the missing student.

JNU missing student case: Delhi HC directs police to file status report within three days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, whose whereabouts are not known since October 15, reached the Delhi High Court on Friday where his mother sought directions to the police and the government to produce him before the court.27-year-old Ahmed, a student of School of Biotechnology at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with members of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) the night before.The petition came up before a bench of justices GS Sistani and Vinod Goel which issued notice to the Delhi government and the police asking them to explain their stand on the plea by the student’s mother, Fatima Nafees. The bench also directed Delhi Police to file a status report within three days.
ALSO READ Find Najeeb in a day or I’m going to UP cops: Mother to Delhi PoliceNajeeb’s mother, in her petition filed through advocate Ali Qambar Zaidi, sought the setting up of a “court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) of impartial officers of proven integrity from outside the state of Delhi” to take over the entire investigation from Crime Branch of Delhi Police.Earlier, an SIT of Delhi Police was set up to trace the missing student on instructions of Home Minister Rajnath Singh. While the case was being investigated by the SIT, teams were sent to Darbhanga in Bihar and Nepal after they got leads hinting that Najeeb might be there, but they failed to find him. Thereafter, the case was transferred to the police’s Crime Branch for a “fresh look” into it.The police has increased the reward for information about the student from the initial amount of Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh, but no productive leads have yet been found. In her plea, 45-year-old Fatima has alleged that her son was beaten up by members of ABVP “which is affiliated to the RSS and therefore, closely connected with the BJP which is the party in power at the Centre and since the Delhi Police comes under the control of the Central Government, it is not likely that any progress will be made in the investigation”.She has sought criminal prosecution against those persons who were involved in the alleged assault of her son on the basis of the records of the investigation carried out so far.

JNU missing student row: Students Islamic Organisation seeks action against Najeeb Ahmed’s assaulters

New Delhi: Members of the Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) of India held a protest march on Monday demanding action against those who assaulted Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) scholar Najeeb Ahmed prior to his disappearance in October.

The protesters, who included students from JNU, Jamia Milia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), among others, were accompanied by Ahmed’s mother Fateema Nafees.

Representational image. Image courtesy: News18

Representational image. Image courtesy: News18

“We want JNU authorities to punish the three students — Vikrant, Sunil and Ankit — for assaulting Ahmed, a fact which has been acknowledged in the Proctorial inquiry as well,” Sadat Hussain, an SIO member from JNU told IANS.

The SIO is the students’ wing of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.

“We also condemn the police for still not being able to find Ahmed, who is missing for 36 days now,” Hussain added.

Najeeb Ahmed, a first-year MSc student at the School of Biotechnology in JNU, reportedly went missing after allegedly being beaten up by some students comprising ABVP members, who had gone campaigning to his room for hostel elections on the intervening night of 14-15 October.

A Proctorial Inquiry formed to identify the assailants had found at least one student named Vikrant to be guilty of assaulting Ahmed. He was served a showcause notice on 7 November and asked to reply within seven days.

Another student told IANS that apart from seeking justice for Najeeb, this protest is also against the changing face of the nation under the current dispensation.

“This protest is against fascist forces, against Una lynching and fake Bhopal encounter,” he said.

The protesters marched from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar where Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, along with several other political leaders and members of civil society, was scheduled to address them.

First Published On : Nov 21, 2016 18:39 IST

JNU missing student row: Hidden agendas in student politics have eclipsed Najeeb Ahmed

“But certainly for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, representation to reality, the appearance to the essence…illusion only is sacred truth profane. Nay, sacredness is held to be enhanced in proportion as truth decreases and illusion increases, so that the highest degree of illusion comes to be the highest degree of sacredness.”

— Feuerbach, preface to the second edition of The Essence of Christianity.

The difference between a spectacle and reality lies at the very core of politics – the kind where illusions are created to gain an advantage. A tactic, which the Left brigade is fond of and has employed during the current crisis in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, where a first year MSc Biotechnology student, Najeeb Ahmed, has been missing for more than a month.

The debate between reality and representation could be seen as one based on the age-old discomfort with establishing the real meaning of truth. The question “what is the truth?” seems redundant owing to the fact that truth can never “be”. There can simply be a process of validation of the truth.

The current crisis in JNU, of missing student Najeeb Ahmed, has unveiled the hidden agendas of student politics. Image courtesy: News18The current crisis in JNU, of missing student Najeeb Ahmed, has unveiled the hidden agendas of student politics. Image courtesy: News18

The current crisis in JNU has unveiled the hidden agendas of student politics. Image courtesy: News18

“But first of all we ought, perhaps, to justify our assumption that the object of a ‘theory of truth’ can only be to show how propositions are validated,” Alfred J Ayer wrote in Language, Truth and Logic. Thus, the process of validation and the consequence of such validation could easily be used to create an illusion.

The idea of playing with emotions bases itself on something that we often experience but barely understand. The theory of emotions comes to our aid in an attempt to explain some of the very basic events that take place around us, of which we are sometimes involuntarily a part.

The current crisis in JNU opens up a series of discussions studded with a bunch of questions. The focus of the mainstream opinion, generated by the Left-oriented viewpoints, emphasises upon the condition of distress that Najeeb’s family are forced to live in. They have presented it as a saga of a mother who is facing every difficulty in finding the whereabouts of her son.

Are these the same people who celebrated the death of 76 CRPF jawans six years ago? What about the mothers and kinsmen of those souls? Did they not go missing forever? How many of those who now present themselves to be ready sentinels in service of Najeeb’s family had reached out to the family of those martyrs?

That’s the nature of contradiction in which these vanguards of Left politics live. Even a trace of critical thought would compel one to think about the concept of empathy, which seems to be missing at the base of this constructed drama. The Left bear no sign of remorse for the violence perpetrated in order to meet their own ends. They seldom concern themselves with the number of lives that the Gulags had claimed.

But their ability to create situations has mostly to do with the standards of morality that the larger society seems to uphold. Treading on the path bordered by a fundamental contradiction between the significance of culture in society, they begin to accept the prevalent ethical standards of society with the solitary goal of destabilising the current order. They can even go till the madness of erecting an anarchic order in the society.

The current example, of this destabilising force rallying behind Najeeb’s family, seems to remind of the importance of family in one’s life by some unknown, unseen prophet. Otherwise, family to them is an obsolete institution, discarded and outdated that fulfils no purpose except acting as an instrument of repression that aids other organs of the superstructure in subjugating the masses.

Why are they so worried about someone’s family in this case? That’s what one should clearly see as the ‘spectacle’. Thus, it could be clearly stated that the group of people who are instrumental in creating this spectacle have nothing to do with empathy or ‘family’.

The series of contradictions manifest themselves in the kind of stage management that each of these vanguards trained in. The spectacle they ‘created’ during the 9 February incident – when Kanhaiya Kumar and other students were charged with sedition for raising anti-India slogans – could be seen as a preceding link to the current episode.

It was well-known to them that media persons were present on campus. Then, why did they raise such slogans? Was it a deliberate attempt to go against the state and brew up some controversy? What followed was portrayed as an event of State repression – which then translated to sympathy for those pledged to destroy India.

Thus, those caught on the wrong foot raising slogans against India became victims and the actions of the sovereign, which it was forced to employ, were painted as cruel. That’s perfect ‘situationism’. It reminds us of the students’ uprising in France and the protests that took place at Columbia University in the late 1960s.

The events that took place in France in May 1968 show us a pretty fair picture of where the current situation could lead to. It could be exactly what the current anarchistic turn in student politics of JNU could be aiming for. The 1968 revolution in France drew support from students, teachers, as well as workers. It was the largest general strike to have ever occurred in France, with the number of participants reaching as high as 11 million.

But as Neil Smelser had said in 1971: Any social movement must be based on some precipitation factors. In the context of the 1968 revolution in France, the precipitation factors seem to be quite benign in nature. A handful of students led by Daniel Cohn-Bendit began the ‘22 March Movement’ in the form of minor deliberations upon class discrimination in the French society and the bureaucratic clout over the University of Nanterre.

An ‘occupy’ kind of protest at the University of Nanterre came to an end without violence, though not without police action. The events of 22 March 1968 became the precipitation factor for what was to come in a couple of months’ time.

The brief history cited here seems to mirror the recent tactics employed by student politics at JNU. The Left have tried to forge an alliance of anarchic elements at the pan-India level and raise an ‘occupy’ movement, but it has failed.

They have also spent a lot of effort in producing someone like Daniel Cohn-Bendit, but in vain. Hence, the hidden agenda of Left politics in JNU is nothing but an extension of the doctrine of ‘situationism’ and the tactics employed by the New Left about forty years ago.

(The author is former joint secretary, JNU student union. All views expressed are personal) 

First Published On : Nov 19, 2016 16:23 IST

NGT questions LG for lifting construction ban

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In wake of Lt.Governor Najeeb Jung’s order to lift the ban on construction and demolition activity imposed by the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government and National Green Tribunal (NGT), the Tribunal on Wednesday questioned the decision and said pollution levels are still high. The principal bench of the Tribunal said that pollution levels continue to be unsafe and particulate matter (PM) is also above safe limit. Besides lifting prohibition on construction activity, Jung had also ordered that trucks coming from other states will be allowed to enter Delhi after midnight till January 31 next year. However, firecrackers and diesel generating sets are still banned.While questioning the LG’s orders, the NGT bench said, “Why have you lifted the ban on construction activity in Delhi. How do you say it is safe outside. The levels of PM10 and 2.5 is still five times high? Last Thursday, NGT had passed a significant order, putting in place a mechanism to be implemented when air quality plunges to emergency levels when PM10 and PM 2.5 pollution crosses the ‘severe’ level of 431 and 251 respectively. Stopping construction and demolition activity and prohibiting transportation of construction material was one of the major measures to be followed, as per NGT orders.”The Tribunal’s order is applicable to Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.In response to NGT’s questions, the Delhi government counsel informed the bench that the decision was reviewed after it was found that PM10 levels dipped by a third and a one-fourth fall in PM 2.5 levels. The counsel also said that the ban on construction was lifted as daily wage labourers were facing hardships.

JNU missing student case | Anyone providing information of Najeeb to be paid Rs 5 lakh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police has raised the reward from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh for anyone providing information that could help locate JNU student Najeed Ahmed, who has been missing from the university for over a month now. The force had initially announced that it will give Rs 50,000 to anyone providing information about Najeeb and had later increased the amount to Rs 1 lakh and then to Rs 2 lakh.A senior police officer said the amount has been increased to Rs 5 lakh. The case was last week transferred from South District to the Crime Branch to have a “fresh look” into it. The team probing it has started from scratch and is re-looking at all clues and evidence.Najeeb went missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP the night before. Last month, an SIT was formed to trace the missing student following an instruction from the Union Home Minister to the Delhi Police chief.
ALSO READ JNU missing student case to be discussed in winter session of ParliamentThe SIT, headed by Additional DCP-II (South) Manishi Chandra, however, failed to gain any actionable clues in the matter. The SIT was focusing on psychiatric angle in the probe after it was learnt that Najeeb was suffering from OCD with depression. The team was also mulling seeking help from psychiatrists from AIIMS or RML to chalk out a plan for probe in the case.The Crime Branch is probing all angles, sources said.

Crime Branch to probe missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed’s case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police’s Crime Branch will now be investigating the case of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed in order to have a “fresh look” into it.The order in this regard had come on Friday, R P Upadhyay, joint commissioner of police (Southeast) said.”A few days back, Najeeb’s mother had met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and requested for a CBI probe in the matter. In order to get a different perspective on the case and have a fresh look at the evidence, the matter was transferred from South District to Crime Branch yesterday,” another senior officer said.Last month, an SIT was formed to trace Najeeb (27), who went missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP the night before, following the instruction of the Home Minister to Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma.The SIT, headed by Additional DCP-II (South) Manishi Chandra, failed to gain any actionable clues in the matter.The SIT was reconstructing Najeeb’s personality after a doctor at VIMHANS told police that Najeeb was suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and depression.Following this, the psychiatric angle had gained prominence in the probe. The team was also mulling over seeking help from psychiatrists from AIIMS or RML to chalk out a plan for investigation in the case.

JNU missing student: Students’ organisation to hold country-wide protests from Saturday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JNUSU and several students’ organisations will hold country-wide protests on Saturday over alleged inaction against those who assaulted Najeeb Ahmad and police’s failure to trace him. The students’ groups will stage protests and burn effigies of the vice chancellor of JNU and the Home Minister on Saturday across campuses in the country. It will to be followed by campaign “Chalo JNU” on Sunday and Monday and a protest meeting on November 15.Najeeb has been missing for 26 days.JNUSU President Mohit Kumar Pandey said, “The disappearance of a student from a central university in the national capital after he was assaulted and intimidated by right-wing lumpens is no doubt an ominous reflection of the dark times we are living in.””For the past four weeks, students, teachers, staff members of JNU, and citizens of Delhi have been taking to the streets demanding institutional accountability to bring back Najeeb. What is shocking and shameful is the partisan role of the university administration in the whole affair.”On the other hand, Delhi Police did not allow Najeeb’s mother to mention the incident of assault on Najeeb in her FIR, which now stands as a simple FIR of kidnapping against unknown persons,” he added.Najeeb (27), a student of School of Biotechnology and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP the night before. JNU students and teachers have been leading a movement alleging inaction on administration and Delhi Police’s part in tracing the missing student.

Rajnath Singh assures action to missing JNU student’s mother, says he is personally taking stock of probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The mother of missing student of JNU Najeeb Ahmed today met Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who assured her of his intervention to find out the youth who has been untraceable since October 15. Fatima Nafees and other family members urged the Home Minister to trace Najeeb, a student of School of Biotechnology in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh. The Home Minister gave a patient hearing to Najeeb’s mother and other family mothers and listened to all their grievances, official sources said.Assuring Najeeb’s mother of timely action in the case, Singh said that proper action will be taken to find her son. Singh told them that Delhi Police has set up a special team to pursue the case and he was personally taking stock of the progress in the probe. The Home Minister assured the family all kind of assistance, the sources said.SP MP from Badaun Dharmendra Yadav, who accompanied Najeeb’s family, said the Home Minister has assured them that efforts are being made to trace him at the earliest. “If police are not able to trace him, we will approach court and raise the issue in Parliament,” Yadav told reporters after the meeting. Najeeb’s sister Sadaf rubbished allegations that he was mentally unstable and said efforts are being made to “defame” him instead of tracing him. “He had cracked university exams, he is a studious child. Do you think a person studying at such a prestigious institution can be mentally unstable? I request (all) that please don’t defame him. He had sleeping problems that children who are studying often have due to pressure. He had no other problem,” she said. Najeeb (27) went missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with some members of ABVP the night before. His mother claimed that she had spoken to Najeeb on the night of brawl and that she was sure that he did not leave the campus on his own. “I spoke to him at 11.00 pm , he wasn’t depressed. He was waiting for me, he had called me up. He did not go anywhere on his own he has been kidnapped…I am sure about it,” Nafees said. Najeeb’s mother was detained on Sunday by police while attempting to take out a protest march to India Gate.

JNU missing student – 8 special teams formed to investigate case: Delhi Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asserting that there are some vested interests by those who are creating misplaced apprehensions among the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students, Joint Commissioner of Police, Southwest, Deependra Pathak on Tuesday said eight separate teams have been formed to investigate the missing Najeeb Ahmed’s case. Pathak said the police are constantly communicating with Ahmed’s family and have been informing them about the investigation’s progress. “These protesting students are aloof from the truth. Eight separate teams are investigating the case. We have been communicating with the victim’s family on a daily basis and informing them of our progress,” Pathak said.The Joint Commissioner further said that special emphasis is being put on the reconstruction of the incident and of the personality to asses different dimensions of the case. “Under reconstruction of personality, we examine individuals’ health condition and psychosomatic condition. The fundamental aim of the police is to find different dimensions arising out of this,” he added.On Sunday, the Delhi Police detained JNU students who were staging protest against the authorities at the India Gate here for not taking firm steps to locate their Ahmed. Najeeb’s sister Sadaf Mosharraf, who was also among those detained by the police, vented her ire at the men in uniform. “We were protesting very peacefully but the Delhi Police detained us without any reason,” she said.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal criticised the incident saying the Centre is adopting ‘dictatorship’ policy and violating the constitutional right of an individual by adopting such measures. Kejriwal also met President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday to seek his intervention into the matter. Najeeb went missing on the intervening night of October 14 and 15 after allegedly being beaten up by a mob of 20 students comprising of the ABVP members, who had gone campaigning to his room for hostel elections.

JNU missing student: As police, protesters fail to locate Najeeb, Markanday Katju points to legal recourse

Former Supreme Court (SC) judge Markanday Katju, in a Facebook post on Monday, urged the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students protesting the inaction following the disappearance of fellow student Najeeb Ahmed, to file a petition before the SC to further the investigation.

Katju asked the students to file a petition under Article 32 of the Constitution, thereby forcing the Delhi Police, that falls under the jurisdiction of the Central government, into action. Najeeb has been missing for the past 24 days, following an alleged quarrel between two student groups in the university.

One of the writ petitions available to citizens under Article 32, for enforcement of their fundamental rights, is Habeas Corpus. Under this right, the court can issue appropriate directives to the police authorities to make serious efforts in finding the missing student.

The protest, led by the JNU Student Union (JNUSU), has been not been effective enough, owing to the insensitive approach employed by the Delhi police. On Monday morning, pictures of the police dragging Fatima Nafees, Najeeb’s mother, into a bus along with other protesting students were splashed on the front page of many national dailies.

The police and the protesters have failed to locate Najeeb Ahmed till date. CNN News 18The police and the protesters have failed to locate Najeeb Ahmed till date. CNN News 18

The police and the protesters have failed to locate Najeeb Ahmed till date. CNN News 18

It is truly perplexing how the Delhi Police, which was so efficient in curbing these protests, has failed to find the missing student till now.

In an interview with Firstpost, former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, while responding to a question on why this issue had not received the same support from the student community as his arrest had.

“This time around, there are many versions of the issue. My arrest was seen as a crackdown and an attack on the university, and that united the students. On this particular issue, the current student union has not been able to forge a unity,” Kanhaiya said.

Responding to the protestors’ allegations that Najeeb had been abducted and ‘harmed’ by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members, Kumar said, “I don’t think so. This is not the culture of JNU. There is a difference between ABVP of JNU and ABVP of other campuses.”

He added, “The fact that some outsiders were also involved in the alleged scuffle is an important aspect and if some untoward incident took place because of their involvement, I cannot say.”

Saurabh Sharma, former member of JNUSU, said, “We too are concerned about Najeeb’s safety but what is happening here is politics. I am not condoning the police action against Najeeb’s mother but the police has to maintain the law and order. She is being misled by the Left parties. What is the need to drag her in these protests? She should rather meet the Delhi Police Commissioner and people like Katju, who are trying to help her.”

The JNU administration has been persistently making appeals to the protesting students to maintain peace but 24 days is too long a period for just appeals to work. This has led to a growing discontent that can easily be felt in the campus.

Since Najeeb’s disappearance, all stakeholders have acted irresponsibly, overlooking options that would have actually borne results. On 19 October, JNU vice-chancellor M Jagdeesh Kumar and other top university officials were confined in their office for an entire day by the protesting students. Following that, the Delhi Police has stopped every protest by the students, creating even more discontent.

Adding to this, the JNU administration, on 26 October 26, issued a 25-point bulletin detailing the timeline of the case and the actions taken – which was quickly marked as ‘biased’ by the students and teachers alike.

According to an Indian Express report, the varsity’s teachers association criticised the administration for “selectively omitting” the fact that he was attacked during a brawl, the night before he went missing.

Ayesha Kidwai, a professor at JNU, wrote in a Facebook post, “At the heart of the matter is who committed the violence on 14 October. By the warden’s report on 15 October, it was only Najeeb, who is said to have admitted his mistake of striking a fellow student without any provocation,”

“Just yesterday, 83 teachers of JNU had pointed that out in a context that Najeeb had been allegedly beaten (as per several eyewitnesses who have also lodged a complaint)…such an admission of culpability cannot be said to have been made in free and fair conditions,” Kidwai said in her post.

She added, “This bulletin clearly indicates that the JNU administration is still proceeding with the ‘Najeeb-as-accused’ narrative. It has completely suppressed all reference to the contents of the wardens’ letter of 16 October and takes no cognisance of the fact that eyewitnesses have clearly named the alleged perpetrators of violence and abuse against Najeeb. However, there is no mention at all of the counter allegations throughout the report; indeed if anything, the aim of the whole exercise seems to be to avoid naming them. Indeed, even the terms of reference of its own proctorial enquiry have been vaguely worded.”

While the ABVP is being accused of ‘hurting’ Najeeb, its supporters are stressing that he has been hidden by some professors and students, who want to take political advantage of this incident.

While such claims cannot be verified, it just hints at the intense polarisation of the discourse in the campus, where the question that who did it to Najeeb has become more important than what actually happened to him.

JNU student missing: Najeeb’s mother dragged, detained by Delhi Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twenty three days after Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed went missing, his mother Fatima Nafees was on Sunday dragged on the road by the Delhi Police as she resisted her detention during a protest near the India Gate.”Najeeb’s mother was manhandled by the Delhi Police. Beaten up and dragged into the police van. Later, she was taken to Mayapuri police station,” JNU Students Union member Satarupa Chakraborty said. “The police blocked all the ways to India Gate and detained the peaceful protesters from the National Archive to different police stations,” she added.”Police have detained us and have brutally beaten us and have broken our mobile phones. Many protesters have been detained and are being taken to different locations. They openly threatened us that they will shoot us, saying that we have been hiding Najeeb for the last 23 days,” JNUSU president Mohit Pandey said.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also reached Mandir Marg police station, where Najeeb’s mother was kept, and said, “Had police have taken such efforts in finding Najeeb as they are taking in stopping protesters, they would have found him long back.””I was hit in the leg and on the shoulder while my aunt got hurt in the hand. This is a shameful act. We went there for a peaceful protest and they did this to us,” said Najeeb’s sister Sadaf Musharraf.The police has denied all charges of manhandling saying, “During the JNU protest on Sunday, none have been manhandled. A group of JNU students along with Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees assembled near ASI. They were persuaded not to move towards India Gate. They didn’t agree and were adamant to move ahead. They all were taken into a bus to Mayapuri police station. Fatima Nafees was duly attended to by lady police officers and is now being dropped to her place of stay”.Earlier on Sunday, Kejriwal along with a delegation of JNU students on Sunday met President Pranab Mukherjee and submitted a letter to him seeking his intervention in the case.”I met President Mukherjee to seek his intervention on Najeeb. He assured of all support and said he will seek a report from the MHA and the JNU administration,” Kejriwal tweeted.Najeeb Ahmed, a first-year MSc student at JNU, has been missing since October 15, following an altercation with some ABVP activists the night before.

JNU missing student row: Pranab Mukherjee promises action after meeting Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday promised action after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged him to direct the Modi government to step up efforts to trace a JNU student missing for over three weeks.

File photo of Pranab Mukherjee. PTI

File photo of Pranab Mukherjee. PTI

After meeting Mukherjee, Kejriwal said the President had promised to seek a report from the Home Ministry and the Jawaharlal Nehru University. “He (President) assured all support,” the Aam Aadmi Party leader tweeted.

The Chief Minister sought the President’s intervention regarding Najeeb Ahmed, who went missing from the Jawaharlal Nehru University on 15 October after a tiff with alleged members of the BJP-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

The ABVP has denied any involvement in his disappearance.

In a letter to the President, Kejriwal expressed shock that police did not question the students who allegedly attacked Najeeb until 4 November.

“I request you to urgently intervene in the turn of events in JNU, in your capacity as the Visitor of this premier university,” he said.

“I also request you to immediately direct the central government to expedite the investigation process to find Najeeb. We are at a juncture where every single moment counts.”

The AAP leader said the fact that Delhi Police had not been able to trace Najeeb raised serious concerns about the law and order situation in the national capital.

Kejriwal added that it was a shame that students struggling to trace their missing friend faced police action and an insensitive JNU administration.

“Since ABVP students are involved, there is a general perception that Delhi Police is not acting effectively. Even more problematic has been the role played by the Vice Chancellor of the University.”

He accused the Vice Chancellor of not acting against the ABVP students who attacked Ahmed.

And as police cracked down a JNU student protest at the India Gate memorial in the heart of the capital, Kejriwal urged the government not to turn Delhi into a police state.

The Chief Minister added sarcastically that if half the number of policemen deployed on Sunday had been utilized to trace Najeeb, he would have been found by now.

Delhi: Pollution, pooja and protests take toll on traffic

New Delhi: Chhath festivities, smog-filled air and protest by Jawaharlal Nehru University students over the missing student led to traffic snarls in the city on Monday.

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Tight security was in place in Lutyens Delhi amid reports of protest by Jawaharlal Nehru University students over the missing of Najeeb Ahmed.

Security personnel were posted around the roads leading to India Gate and traffic restrictions and diversions were put in place in anticipation of the protest, police said.

C Hexagon was closed for traffic movement, they said.

As students were detained around 5 pm while marching towards India Gate, traffic snarls were observed in the area.

Amid accusations of manhandling of students and missing Najeeb’s mother, Dependra Pathak, Delhi Police spokesperson and joint commissioner of police (Southwest) said, “We took all the precautions. Najeeb’s mother was not manhandled by our cops. When police were making the protesters sit inside buses, she lied down on the road. Our female officers waited for a while and tried to explain to her, but then they picked her up to ensure that she was not trampled in the crowd.”

The protesting students were taken to Mandir Marg police station. Mandir Marg was closed for a couple of hours as many students stood outside the police station, said a traffic police officer.

27-year-old Najeeb Ahmed, a student of School of Biotechnology and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on 15 October following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP the night before.

Traffic was also affected in the city due to Chhath Puja celebrations and poor visibility over smog.

Heavy traffic was observed between Chandgi Ram Akhada and ISBT, Kalindi Kunj and Noida due to Chhath Puja, the traffic police officer added.

Arvind Kejriwal meets missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed’s mother in police station

Arvind Kejriwal meets missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed’s mother in police station

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New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday rushed to Mayapuri police station, where mother of the missing JNU student was taken, and camped there till she reached the university after release.

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Arvind Kejriwal. AFP

Kejriwal also met the students of the university who were detained. Earlier, he also met President Pranab Mukherjee and expressed concern over the tense situation in JNU.

The Chief Minister tweeted that he was going to Mayapuri Police station as soon as news spread that Najeeb Ahmed’s mother Fatima Nafees was detained there.

“Reached Mayapuri police stn. Police saying she has been sent home in a police van. Will wait here till she reaches home.”

“Najeeb’s mother reached home. Spoke to her on phone. She is fine. Am leaving the police stn now. Urge police to quickly find Najeeb,” Kejriwal said in a series of tweets.

He also vented his ire against Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying “It is obvious police doesn’t act it own, it follows its bosses. Earlier Congress tortured people taking shelter behind police now Modi is doing the same. Hay lagegi apko (you will be cursed)”.

JNU missing student row: Najeeb’s mother, sister detained, released for taking out protest march

New Delhi: Mother and sister of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who is missing since 23 days, were  on Sunday detained when they along with scores of agitating students tried to take out a protest march to India Gate demanding intensified efforts from police in tracing him.

Fatima Nafees, mother of Najeeb, was virtually dragged into a bus by police along with other students when they were on their way to India Gate, triggering criticism from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who decided to visit the police station.

Fatima and her daughter Sadaf, were later released.

Earlier in the day, Kejriwal met President Pranab Mukherjee, and said he has been assured that the President will seek a report from the Home Ministry and the JNU administration on the issue.

“People who were involved in the brawl with Najeeb were questioned by the police yesterday, 22 days after he went missing. That was also a formality. We have apprised the President of the matter. He has assured us that he will seek a report from Delhi Police and JNU in this regard,” he said.

The Chief Minister also submitted a memorandum to the President expressing concern over the “worrisome” situation prevailing in JNU.

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Delhi Police, which blocked all roads leading to the area since afternoon, said permission for the protest was not granted and that section 144 of the CrPC was imposed in the India Gate area because of Chhat Puja.

The protest comes days after Kejriwal and other opposition party leaders visited the university during a protest regarding the missing student. There, in his address to the students, Kejriwal had said “Let’s sit on a protest at the India Gate”.

Najeeb (27), a student of School of Biotechnology and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on 15 October following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP the night before.

“The shameless Delhi Police, which failed to find Najeeb for the last 23 days, have misbehaved with Najeeb’s mother. She was beaten up and dragged into the police van. His sister is also detained,” said Satarupa Chakraborty, general secretary of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union.

Najeeb’s family were detained at Mayapuri police station but when Kejriwal reached they had left.

“Police saying she has been sent home in a police van. Will wait here till she reaches home,” he tweeted.

He also vented his ire against Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying “It is obvious police doesn’t act it own, it follows its bosses. Earlier Congress tortured people taking shelter behind police now Modi is doing the same. Hay lagegi apko (you will be cursed)”.

Meanwhile, police officials denied that agitating students or Najeeb’s family were manhandled.

“During protest by JNU students today, none have been manhandled. A group of JNU students along with Najeeb’s mother assembled near Archaeological Survey of India building. They were persuaded not to move towards India Gate. They didn’t agree and were adamant to move ahead. They all were taken into a bus to Mayapuri police station. Fatima Nafees was duly attended to by lady Police officers and dropped at her place of stay,” a police statement said.

Alleging inaction on part of the administration, JNU Student’s Union (JNUSU) has been agitating against Najeeb’s disappearance from campus.

The protesting students had even confined the Vice Chancellor (VC) and other senior officials in the administrative building for over 20 hours last week. Following directives from the Union Home Ministry, Delhi Police formed a special investigation team (SIT) to trace the missing student.

JNU missing student protest: Delhi police explains why Najeeb’s mother was detained

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police on Sunday detained the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), who were staging protesting the authorities at the India Gate here for not taking firm steps to locate their missing colleague Najeeb Ahmed. Najeeb’s sister Sadaf Mosharraf, who was also among those detained by the police, vented her ire at the men in uniform. ‘‘We were protesting very peacefully but the Delhi Police detained us without any reason,’ she said. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday alleged that the Centre was adopting ‘dictatorship’ policy and violating the constitutional right of an individual by adopting such measures.Delhi CM Arvind Kerjiwal meanwhile went to the police station where Najeeb’s mother was reportedly held. Meanwhile, in a statement the Delhi Police said: “JNUSU had given a call today for demonstration and sit in dharna at India Gate. Delhi Police requested in writing not to assemble near India Gate as prohibitory orders u/s 144 crpc in force. NSUI, CYSS and others also joined the call They were advised to assemble at Jantar Mantar. But in various groups they started assembling around India Gate despite the advisory. Delhi Police at various locations stopped the protesters, dissuaded them to move towards India Gate and were taken to Police Stations.” Arvind Kejriwal addressing JNU students: ‘Why is the Prime Minister afraid of protests’ If one student is missing since the last 22 days then other students have the right to protest. This is their constitutional right and the government is trying to snatch their rights from them,’ said Kejriwal. Commenting on the Delhi Police’s move to summon nine people in connection with this case, Kejriwal said that the men in uniform have just done a formality in the name of investigation. ‘The BJP is ruling the nation and Delhi Police is afraid of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). So, they didn’t have the courage to call the ABVP people from past 22 days and just for formality they called few ABVP members for interrogation yesterday,’ he said.Earlier today, Kejriwal met President Pranab Mukherjee to seek his intervention into the matter. Speaking to the media here after meeting with the President, Kejriwal pinned the blame on Delhi Police, accusing them of refusing to take action after coming under political pressure. The Chief Minister further said that President Mukherjee had assured him of seeking a report both from the JNU administration and the Delhi Police as well.Last week, Kejriwal had made a beeline to the JNU campus along with other party leaders to take on the Centre over the missing student. “The way the country has progressed in the last two years is of grave concern. Today Najeeb is missing. Tomorrow my son can go missing,” Kejriwal then said. Najeeb went missing on the intervening night of October 14 and 15 after allegedly being beaten up by a mob of 20 students comprising of the ABVP members, who had gone campaigning to his room for hostel elections.With inputs from agencies

JNU missing student case: BJP accuses AAP, Congress of ‘playing politics’ by staging protests

New Delhi: On Sunday the BJP accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Congress and the Left of “orchestrating” the protest by JNU students at India Gate, saying they cannot digest the “good work” done by the Narendra Modi government.

BJP National Secretary Shrikant Sharma said the party prays that JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who went missing since 14 October, is found safe, adding that it was “tragic” that he could not be traced yet.

“The police permission was taken for Jantar Mantar but they have intentionally gone to India Gate where Section 144 of CrPC is imposed. Arvind Kejriwal had gone to (JNU) campus a few days back and influenced the students to take this step,” Sharma alleged.

He asserted that none of the political leaders in the opposition had any concern for the missing students and that they were only “playing politics”.

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“The opposition, be it the AAP, Congress or the Left cannot digest the fact that the Modi government is fulfilling all its promises even as they can’t. It is shameful that they are using students to hit out at the Modi government,” Sharma said.

He claimed that the BJP was providing a corruption-free government and hence the opposition was trying to use various incidents to attack it.

Stating that the opposition was “devoid of ideas”, he slammed them for resorting to politically milk the tragic incident of a missing scholar.

Najeeb, a Biotechnology student, has been missing since a brawl at his hostel on October 14. The Left-linked All India Students Association (AISA) has alleged that before he vanished, Najeeb was beaten up by activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), which is linked to the RSS.

The ABVP, however, has denied any involvement in his disappearance.

The protest comes days within days of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other leaders of the opposition parties visiting the university during a protest regarding the missing student.

The students have accused the JNU authorities of “not doing enough” to trace him. Last month, the protesting students had kept the Vice-Chancellor, Rector and other University officials confined in the administrative block
for a whole night, demanding that they take action to trace Najeeb.

The police have announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh for any information on Najeeb.

JNU missing student row: Students, police clash at Jantar Mantar; Najeeb Ahmad’s mother detained

A scuffle broke out between Delhi Police and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students, who were protesting against the alleged administrative inaction in the case of a missing student from the university as the police manhandled and detained all protesters along with the missing student’s mother.

After the protests, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met President Pranab Mukherjee who sought a report in the case, reported CNN-News 18.

Students of the JNU were protesting at Jantar Mantar as Najeeb Ahmad, 27-year-old, a student of School of Biotechnology and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on 15 October following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP the night before.

The Delhi Police was be seen forcing students into a bus and in the process manhandling even women protesters, according to visuals aired by Times Now.

As the police tried to detain the students and force them into a bus, the students resisted the police action, which led to the scuffle, Times Now reported. Najeeb’s mother, who was present at the protest along with 30-40 JNU students, was also detained and manhandled in the process. The students and Najeeb’s mother could be seen being dragged and shoved by the police officials, in an attempt to empty the streets.

According to the report, the JNU students were shouting that they had planned for a peaceful candle march from Jantar Mantar to India Gate. The protest was scheduled to start at around 3.30 pm, however, the Delhi Police reached the venue and detained the students even before the protest could start.

The Delhi Police on the other hand said that prohibitory orders were in place in the area and the security was beefed up in the wake of Chhath festival. Therefore, such a meeting or demonstration could have created a law and order situation in the region, according to the Times Now report. The police, meanwhile, is not disclosing where the detained protesters have been kept. Media reports speculate that protesters will be held at different police station within Central Delhi. However, according to CNN-News18, some of the protesters are held at the Mandir marg police station.  

Speaking to CNN-News18, Najeeb’s sister said that the police mistreated her and Najeeb’s mother and dragged them into the police vehicle. “They abused us, harassed us, is this the way to treat women,” she told the TV channel. She also said that the police action started even before the protesters could assemble.

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Meanwhile, politics around the issue was already gathering steam, as Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the behaviour of state machinery was extremely oppressive and instead of holding the Delhi police responsible for not being able to locate the boy, the government is busy stifling the protest. Delhi Chief Minister on the other hand had on Friday requested the students to take the fight outside JNU alleging that full efforts to bring back Najeeb will only be made when Modi will realise that he is losing out on votes of youth. “The movement for demanding justice for Najeeb needs to come to mainstream. The vice-chancellor is also scared that if he will take any action he will also go missing,” Kejriwal said.

Following the call by Delhi Chief Minister to take their protest “mainstream”, the JNU Students Union (JNUSU) had called for the candle light march at India Gate on 6 November.

He also questioned why the Delhi Police did not question ABVP students, with whom the student allegedly had a fight before he disappeared.

The government has meanwhile, ordered an SIT probe into the issue while Lt Governor Najeeb Jung asked the cops to speed up their work. Jung also met the head of the SIT probe team and took stock of the situation. He also increased the reward money from Rs one lakh to Rs two lakh for giving information about the whereabouts of the missing student. The SIT team on Friday also questioned the nine ABVP activists, including Vikrant, who were allegedly involved in a brawl with Najeeb in the JNU hostel and over 20,000 posters of Najeeb have been pasted in Delhi and outside as part of efforts to trace the boy. Najeeb has now been missing for 23 days and there has been no word on his whereabouts.

With inputs from PTI

Missing JNU student: After police detain Najeeb’s mother, Kejriwal accuses Modi of adopting ‘dictatorship’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After the Delhi Police stopped the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students from staging protest at the India Gate over missing student Najeeb Ahmed, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday alleged that the Centre was adopting ‘dictatorship’ policy and violating the constitutional right of an individual by adopting such measures. Due to Chaat celebrations, Section 144 had been imposed at India Gate. ‘Why is the Prime Minister afraid of protests’ If one student is missing since the last 22 days then other students have the right to protest. This is their constitutional right and the government is trying to snatch their rights from them,’ said Kejriwal. Commenting on the Delhi Police’s move to summon nine people in connection with this case, Kejriwal said that the men in uniform have just done a formality in the name of investigation.’The BJP is ruling the nation and Delhi Police is afraid of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). So, they didn’t have the courage to call the ABVP people from past 22 days and just for formality they called few ABVP members for interrogation yesterday,’ he said. Earlier today, Kejriwal met President Pranab Mukherjee to seek his intervention into the matter.Speaking to the media here after meeting with the President, Kejriwal pinned the blame on Delhi Police, accusing them of refusing to take action after coming under political pressure. The Chief Minister further said that President Mukherjee had assured him of seeking a report both from the JNU administration and the Delhi Police as well. Last week, Kejriwal had made a beeline to the JNU campus along with other party leaders to take on the Centre over the missing student. “The way the country has progressed in the last two years is of grave concern. Today Najeeb is missing. Tomorrow my son can go missing,” Kejriwal then said.Najeeb went missing on the intervening night of October 14 and 15 after allegedly being beaten up by a mob of 20 students comprising of the ABVP members, who had gone campaigning to his room for hostel elections.

JNU missing student protest: Delhi police detain Najeeb Ahmed’s mother and others

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday, many JNU students protested the government over missing student Najeeb Ahmed near India Gate in New Delhi. Najeeb Ahmed, a first-year MSc student at the School of Biotechnology in JNU reportedly went missing on October 15 after allegedly being beaten up by a mob of 20 students comprising ABVP members, who had gone campaigning to his room for hostel elections. The Delhi police reportedly detained JNU students who were protesting the lack of action taken by the authorities. Najeev’s mother Fatima Nafees was also detained. The JNUSU had been protesting for the last 20 days. Student leaders have also accused the ABVP of being involved in the incident. The Delhi police have refuted such accusations and claimed they are trying to trace Najeeb. The police have also announced a Rs 2 lakh award for anyone with credible.THe police have reportedly imposed Section 144 at India Gate, which prohibits unlawful assembly. Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday met President Pranab Mukherjee to seek his intervention in the matter of the missing student from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and was assured of all help possible. Speaking to the media here after meeting with the President, Kejriwal pinned the blame on Delhi Police, accusing them of refusing to take action after coming under political pressure. ‘Najeeb has been missing for the past 23 days, ever since he got into a scuffle with some ABVP students and was even beaten up in the presence of wardens. It is clear as day that the Delhi Police is not taking any action in the matter due to political pressure.Those who were involved in the brawl were questioned for the first time in 23 days yesterday and that too as a formality,’ Kejriwal said. The Chief Minister further said that President Mukherjee had assured him of seeking a report from the JNU administration and the Delhi Police as well.Last week, Kejriwal had made a beeline to the JNU campus along with other party leaders to take on the Centre over the missing student. “The way the country has progressed in the last two years is of grave concern. Today Najeeb is missing. Tomorrow my son can go missing,” Kejriwal said. Hitting out at ABVP, he added, ‘The message is clear. Whoever opposes ABVP, BJP and RSS will be considered as anti-national. The party is not of Hindus, not Muslims, neither of their fathers. I went to Gujarat. They have killed Patidars, they have killed dalits. Instead of consoling the family of former armymen, police beat up the family members.”With agency inputs

JNU row over Najeeb Ahmad is Naxal ploy to infiltrate campuses with Dalit-Muslim oppression narrative

As I scrolled through my Twitter notifications, a tweet blared, “#ShutDownJNU is the answer”. I don’t agree. Shutting down an institution is never an answer. It’s an escape from a problem. ‘Make it great again’ is the answer. But is it possible?

In 2012, I made a film which raised the fear of our academic institutions getting infested with ‘intellectual terrorism’. It came true in the form of the Kanhaiya Kumar episode in JNU. In a public forum, I had warned one of the most powerful leaders of India that Dalit-Muslim politics would soon cost lives, but I had no idea that it would manifest in the form of Rohit Vemula’s suicide.

Once again, student politics is in focus. JNU, once again, is enveloped by divisive student politics. A student has gone missing and vested interests are trying to encash their political currency.

JNU, in the past decade or so, has become the epicentre of sinister student politics planned and managed by the Leftist parties of India led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist). These are the same parties which are the strategic forces behind the Naxal/Maoist movement in India which alone is responsible for the loss of over 13,000 innocent lives in India. This is more than the killing of innocent people and soldiers in the insurgent Kashmir and North East.

File image of JNU students protesting on campus earlier this year. PTI

File image of JNU students protesting on campus earlier this year. PTI

On 14 October, Vikrant Kumar — a student contesting for a place in the management committee of a hostel mess — went on a door-to-door campaign. His two colleagues, Ankit and Sunil, who happen to be Dalit students (caste is irrelevant but I mention it here as the caste and religion of a student is integral to JNU politics), accompanied him. Vikrant knocked on the door of a postgraduate student called Najeeb Ahmed. Najeeb noticed a saffron thread on Vikrant’s wrist (a sacred Hindu thread known as kalava) and made fun of him for wearing it. When Vikrant asked him to stop insulting his beliefs, Najeeb slapped Vikrant. Repeatedly.

In the meantime, the elected president of the student’s union JNUSU, Mohit Kumar Pandey, a Brahmin, also arrived there and threatened Vikrant — “You will pay a price”. He then turned towards Ankit, called him names, addressed him by his caste in a derogatory manner and threatened to show him his place. As things heated up, the warden of the hostel along with the security officials and other students reach the spot where Najeeb confessed to ridiculing Vikrant’s faith and slapping him, without any provocation. Minutes of the meeting were made in the presence and agreement of Najeeb, his room-mate and primary witness Quasim and the hostel president Alimuddin. Note: Quasim had earlier made a request to have his room changed, citing Najeeb’s unreasonable and aggressive behaviour.

In spite of Najeeb’s confession, the warden, who is a Dalit himself, persuaded the victims not to file a complaint under the non-bailable Dalit Atrocities Act against Najeeb, and instead asked Najeeb to vacate the hostel. He was given time until 21 October to do so. Expulsion, as understood by many, doesn’t mean withdrawal of hostel facilities, just shifting to another hostel. The very same evening, in his defense and for the records, Vikrant lodged a complaint at the Vasant Kunj police station. It seemed like the matter had been settled amicably. But the story doesn’t end here.

It’s important to note here that since 2014, Left parties are losing their political space and relevance. With increased development and a strong security presence in Naxal areas, the Naxal/Maoist movement is finding it difficult to spread its tentacles further into the jungles. Therefore, top Naxal/Maoist leaders, in tandem with CPI (M/L), have decided to spread wings to head to academic institutions with an objective to taking over cities and overthrowing the government. While they attack the state in rural areas with guns, they conspire against the government in urban areas with intellectual terrorism.

The strategy is to arouse caste (read Dalit) politics, disintegrate Dalits from Hindus and club them with Muslim politics. For them, the only way to defeat the Narendra Modi government is to consolidate Dalit and Muslim votes against Hindu votes. The Kanhaiya and Rohit incidents are the most important manifestations of this sinister strategy.

The next day, Najeeb suddenly went missing.

According to Abhinav Prakash, an ex-student of JNU, Najeeb was last seen with the All-India Students Association (AISA) cadre. Najeeb took an autorickshaw and left, leaving behind his phone and wallet. On the night of the fight, Najeeeb called his mother in the small town of Budaun in Uttar Pradesh and informed her of the fight. The worried mother rushed to Delhi and reached JNU at 12.30 pm to find that Najeeb was missing. She just couldn’t believe it because at 11 am, from Anand Vihar, she had spoken to Najeeb who had told her that he was in his hostel room.

The political theatre came alive and all the actors began playing their roles. Sensing a potent opportunity to attack the government, JNUSU — comprising of the Leftist AISA, Students Federation of India (SFI) in a nexus with Dalit-Muslim organisations such as Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association (BAPSA), Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) — decided to exploit a potent situation and give it a communal colour by holding ABVP responsible for a Muslim student’s disappearance. The tactics of class struggle were used the against ABVP.

Soon, BAPSA began putting up posters on campus glorifying ‘Dalit-Muslim’ unity and presented Najeeb as a victim of Hindu oppression. They attacked ABVP, BJP and RSS. The posters screamed of Brahminism (a very old and stale plank of the Leftists). The posters mentioned the Una incident to underline their narrative. The tactics used during the Umar Khalid episode in February and later Rohit Vemula episode, start repeating again.

Another poster by the SIO screamed, ‘Violence against Muslims can be seen as a common denominator of Indian social existence’. It seems these parties have already assumed that Najeeb is a victim of communal politics. How can they assume this? Or is it that they know the plot? Who is the author of this script? Why is this similar to the earlier Umar and Rohit scripts?

Then the former joint secretary of JNUSU, Saurabh Pandey (ABVP), began receiving written threats wherein he was warned that if he interfered, he would be ‘cut into pieces’.

On 20 October, the narrative was deliberately turned on its head. A poster by JNUSU went up stating, ‘Najeeb Ahmed is missing since a day after he was beaten up and intimidated by a group of identified students in front of the Senior Warden, Union president, JNU security and several other co-residents of his hostel, who all bore witness to the incident’ (sic). This is an outright lie as the president of JNUSU, Mohit Pandey, the author of this poster, was the primary witness to Najeeb’s confession. But then this is the staple strategy of Naxals: To turn around facts and go for very high-frequency written propaganda. This is done to incite communal tension by playing the victim card. A regular student fight that started with an objection to a sacred thread became a political battle of oppression.

File image of Vivek Agnihotri. Image provided by the author

File image of Vivek Agnihotri. Image provided by the author

The next day, the Leftist students forcibly took over the administration office and confined the vice-chancellor and other administrative officials for a day and a night, only allowing water to be carried inside. One of the administrators is an elderly diabetic. His wife was not allowed to meet him and students refused to even allow an ambulance. The Leftist students demanded that the administration give an ‘assurance in writing’ that it would be ‘punishing ABVP’ in spite of the fact that Najeeb was the one who beat up a student and confessed in front of the same students who are now the protestors. They also demand that the VC be part of the police search team.

Another poster came up, this time inviting students for a ‘protest march’ — six days after his disappearance — and blaming the VC and administration for ‘not creating conducive conditions for the return of Najeeb’. What does ‘conducive conditions’ mean? Not long ago, in February this year, Umar was also not found until ‘conducive conditions’ were created.

The entire narrative smells foul of the false victimisation of Najeeb in spite of him being the accused.

Most of the apolitical and anti-Left students and faculty believe that Najeeb is hiding on campus and the master-strategists are waiting for the issue to ‘hot up’ so that they can go for a full-blown offensive against the RSS, BJP and the Modi government.

This perception may be wrong but what is true is that our campuses are extremely politicised due to political appointments of the faculty who mastermind such conflicts. It is also true that free debate and logical discourse has died on our campuses. And it is also true that Naxalism is taking over our academia and it won’t be long before there will be hell to pay on the campuses.

The author is a filmmaker, writer and motivational speaker. He is founder of #IAmBuddha and School of Creativity. He tweets at @vivekagnihotri

Najeeb Ahmed row: JNU protests defy logic, will yield little for its present protagonists

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus is once again reverberating with protests. Dharna pradarshans are being staged for last one week, human chains are being formed, ‘solidarity marches’ are being carried on with fascinating slogans; raised in full tempo: “Zulmi jab jab zulm karega satta ke hathiyaron se chappa chappa goonj uthe ga Najeeb Najeeb ke naaron se”.

New hashtag #JusticeforNajeeb is doing rounds and the obvious topping to this is a “Sanghi Vice chancellor” and “Dalal media” playing the perpetual ‘antagonist’.

Former JNU Student Union (JNUSU) vice-president Shehla Rashid on Sunday evening shared a Facebook post that read, “Our Sanghi Vice chancellor can only do one thing and that is TWEET and call the Dalal media. We have not confined you Shameless VC. Please come out of your soundproof room and listen to us. See how we students want our fellow student NAJEEB back among us safely”.

The post was in reaction to a series of tweets by the JNU Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar, who on Sunday alleged that protesting students had blocked the entrance of his residence. In one of his tweets he said, “Agitating students.. please understand, by shouting slogans and blocking entrance to my residence, we cannot trace Najeeb”.

Campus tensions. Image courtesy News18Campus tensions. Image courtesy News18

File photo of Jawaharlal Nehru University campus. Image courtesy News18

Another tweet by Kumar added, “Repeated appeals to cooperate and not agitate have fallen on deaf ears of student agitators. This is unfortunate.”

As expected, Kumar was attacked for playing the “damsel in distress” and the victim, as many accused him of playing in the hands of the ‘sanghi goons’.

Following the arrest of former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar (in relation to 9 February incident) the protests that followed, garnered support from different quarters as it had an underlying logic to it. The support that poured in for a student leader, who allegedly participated in “anti-India” programme and was arrested like a local thug and slapped with a sedition charge, without any concrete evidence hinting at his culpability.

Merely nine months after that incident, a protest is again being held at the JNU campus, demanding quick action against the alleged culprits and against the “lackadaisical attitude of the JNU administration” in dealing with the issue of a missing student.

The ongoing protest at the JNU campus is in regard to missing Najeeb Ahmed, a student of MSc, who has been missing since 11 am on 15 October, after an alleged altercation with students belonging to the ABVP at the Mahi-Mandavi hostel. The intensity of the protest, the support it is attracting is nothing in comparison to post 9 February incident and the reason is obvious: The current protest, in spite of all its pretensions, is devoid of certain logic.

In a series of appeal that was posted on the official website of the university, the Vice-Chancellor has made it clear that “Efforts to keep in contact with the police are constantly on. The Vice-Chancellor of JNU is meeting the Police Commissioner on Monday morning in this regard. The JNU security is also on the vigil to locate him within the campus”.

In another appeal on Saturday, the JNU administration stated that “The missing of a student from the campus is everybody’s concern in JNU and the entire JNU community should make combined endeavours to trace Najeeb”.

All the appeals, however, have fallen flat to the shrill cries of protesting students, who on Sunday evening in large numbers marched to V-Cs house and held protests and demonstrations.

While fear of communalisation of the issue has been expressed by the JNU authorities and the police, the way the entire issue has been tackled has also given way to various conspiracy theories; some laughable, some raising concern and then some hinting at how JNU has become the microcosm of party-politics where winning the game by hook or crook remains the sole prerogative of its leaders.

According to some of the students in the campus, the entire twist given to the ‘minor’ fight between some students have been done deliberately. “During the current JNUSU elections, the Left parties felt their ground slipping so they joined hand together is spite of their intense ideological differences. They also felt threatened by the sudden rise of the Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association (BAPSA), which has gained good support from students belonging to Other Backward Castes, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Muslim communities and also from the Kashmiris students,” said a student of School of International Studies.

He adds, “Left parties are using this incident to regain the ground they feel they have lost to BAPSA.”

While such theories can be ignored as ideologically and politically motivated, it speaks in volume how politicised the entire discourse on the campus has become. To an extent that, an unfortunate event of beating up of a student has led to fierce political allegations and counter allegations and communalisation of the entire issue.

While concern over the security of the missing student was expressed by some of the faculty members and protesting students when Firstpost spoke to them, it cannot be dismissed that what is apparently falling short of some justifiable logic is the method of protest that has rocked the campus.

With host new and of old faces, the current protests in JNU over the missing student looks nothing more than a turf war fought between contending ideologies, some with firm ground and some trying to make space.

Protest that followed 9 February incident was waged in the name of free speech and expression and was against the arbitrariness of the sedition law. It had a well-crafted trajectory and a purpose. However, the current politics over the missing MSc student reminds one of the bewilderment of the Lewis Carroll’s Alice and ironically honest remark of her Cheshire Puss (cat) that, whatever direction she takes, she is bound to encounter madness, defied of any concrete logic.

Given the fact that Home Minister himself has instructed the Delhi police to probe the case, it will not be too long now that police will be able to find Najeeb, or god forbid, will let the world know if something unfortunate happened to the 27-year-old student. Till then, however, JNU will be held hostage to a fierce ‘ideological’ war in which no matter which side you fall and what direction you take, madness will abound.

JNU, freedom of speech and the Left’s licence to bully

A line needs to be drawn in the sand between freedom of expression and unadulterated bullying by the left-wing student unions in the ‘prestigious’ Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The unholy fiasco over 27-year-old student Najeeb Ahmed, who still remains untraceable, is indicative of a larger political ploy where no anarchical behaviour is out of bounds and legality, and logic and reasoning become cuss words on the altar of regressive leftist politics.

To be clear, one isn’t talking of the burning of Dussehra effigies inside the JNU campus, where ‘the triumph of good over evil’ was celebrated by lighting up Ravana’s 10 heads, that included those of Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Baba Ramdev and V-C Jagadesh Kumar. Even if in poor taste, the acts fall within the students’ right to dissent and should draw no penal action.

But it is difficult to understand what right was being upheld when 12 of the JNU’s top brass, including a diabetic lady official, were kept confined for nearly 24 hours within the administrative block, without access to food and water by the left-backed JNUSU.

JNU V-C Jagadesh Kumar coming out of his office. PTIJNU V-C Jagadesh Kumar coming out of his office. PTI

JNU V-C Jagadesh Kumar coming out of his office. PTI

The demands of the nearly 200 agitating students ranged from the fantastic “bring back Najeeb immediately” — as if the varsity administration knew about his whereabouts — to the ridiculous “administration acted in an insensitive manner and is trying to shield ABVP culprits”, that indicates either a misunderstanding of the legal-criminal procedure or worse still, a callous disregard for the laws of the land with an eye to score political points.

The events leading to the disappearance of the first-year MSc Biotechnology student on Saturday, following a brawl on campus the night before, are unclear. Contradictory eyewitness reports have emerged, recounting that Najeeb was last seen boarding an auto on 15 October. According to his mother however, Najeeb had called her around 11 am on that day and said that he was waiting for her at the hostel, but was nowhere to be found thereafter.

Meanwhile, JNU has once again turned into a battle zone between ABVP, who allege that they are being wrongfully accused of a crime they did not commit, and left-backed students’ unions who are convinced that the right-wing students’ outfit is responsible for Najeeb going ‘missing’.

The point that should not be lost sight of, however, is that the disappearance of a student from campus is a matter for the police and relevant authorities to investigate.

An FIR has been lodged at the Vasant Kunj North Police Station, the police has launched an inquiry, multiple students have been summoned and the procedure has kicked off in right earnest.

“We have some leads and these are being explored to ensure a safe rescue. Details cannot be shared now,” additional DCP (South) Nupur Prasad was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times. A cash reward of Rs 50,000 has been announced for information about him.

About 10 squads investigators have left for Najeeb’s hometown in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, and are gathering information about his whereabouts. Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has announced the formation of a Special Investigative Team (SIT) and has asked the police commissioner to expedite the probe.

It’s not as if the wheels of the machinery aren’t moving but when the aim is to turn every issue into a political game and try and score points against the administration – and in turn against the Narendra Modi government at the Centre – then the truth can be bent and subverted to meet narrow ends.

According to the V-C, who along with his colleagues was locked inside their rooms for close to a day, pleading with the agitators that they (administration) are as concerned about the missing student and is determined to help the police in every way to help trace him, bore no fruit.

“They have wrongfully confined us since 2.30 pm with unreasonable demands like bring Najeeb immediately. These things are not in our hands but with the police. We are doing whatever we can. We also want the safe return of Najeeb. But they (students) have not even listened to our pleas. There is a lady official who is unwell and she too is inside,” the V-C was quoted as saying by the Times of India.

On JNUSU president Mohit Pandey’s claim, that the confined officials had access to food and water, India Today quoted the V-C as saying: “We slept on the floor. This is a complete lie that we had been provided food. Our several colleagues are sick and they spent the whole night without any facility…Students have become relentless and adamant and think that we are not doing our best.”

On the students’ charges of insensitivity and laxity in taking action, the V-C said, while speaking to the media, that they have been in constant touch with the police with regards to the search for Najeeb and that the proctorial investigation into the violence had already started.

“How can we take action against any student before the investigation is over. We have to hear all versions and come to a fair decision,” the V-C said.

In between, as the gherao was called off, the issue created a rift between the left-wing student organisations – with some going on to blame JNUSU president Pandey of taking a unilateral decision.

According to a student leader, as quoted by The Telegraph: “Demands from small radical student groups had forced us to do a gherao that wasn’t feasible because it is exam time and the support is low,”

“It’s not yielding anything and the teachers too have withdrawn support,” the student leader said.

The regressive politics of the left has gained in aggression ever since a left alliance of CPIM-backed SFI and CPI-ML’s AISA won the recent student union polls over the right-wing ABVP. Just a few days back, PTI reported about an incident where a section of JNU teachers had accused the student union members of resorting to violence, while a discussion on the feasibility of introducing courses in yoga and Indian culture was going on at a meeting.

Professor Amrita Singh, according to a DNA report, was allegedly abused and attacked inside the university campus by a group of students on 7 October.

“I stepped out of the academic council meeting late Saturday evening, and was immediately surrounded by around 20 students. They started calling me out, abusing me, calling me “sanghi” and didn’t even let me move. When I, along with the JNU registrar and proctor tried to get into our car, we were stopped and surrounded by the students who started banging on the car. Some of them even laid down in front of the car,” Professor Amita Singh, Dean of School of Law and Governance, was quoted, as saying by the newspaper.

For the regressive left, which finds itself increasingly redundant, academic institutions like JNU are an ideal battleground from where political campaigns against the current NDA government can be launched.

Reports have already emerged of an effort to communalise Najeeb’s disappearance, which may come in handy during the upcoming Assembly polls in UP. One won’t be surprised if Najeeb becomes the victim of a larger, more sinister game.

Missing JNU student: VC Jagadesh Kumar spends 22 hrs in lockdown, campus remains divided

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six days after Najeeb Ahmed went missing, protests at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus took an unprecedented turn with agitating students locking down the Vice Chancellor (VC) Jagadesh Kumar and other senior officials in the administrative building for at least 22 hours on Thursday. The campus was divided over JNU Student’s Union (JNUSU)’s decision to call off the blockade, though the Union held that it was just a strategic change of tactics.“We haven’t called off our protest. We have only changed the methodology,” JNUSU spokespersons said. The decision was taken keeping in mind the Academic Council meeting which was scheduled for 2:30 pm, Thursday.Najeeb Ahmed, a first year MSc student who lived in Room No. 106 of Mahi Mandvi hostel on JNU campus, went missing on October 15 allegedly following an altercation with ABVP activists the previous night. The lockdown began on Wednesday when the students lay down in front of the administrative block in which they held the VC and several other senior administrative officials captive, lying down on the ground and asking them to walk over them if they wanted to leave.Shortly before the VC was allowed to leave on Thursday, he had called a press meet inside the block where he was held and appealed to agitating students to call off the blockade stating that otherwise, the “law will take its own course”.The VC claimed that the authorities were taking every possible ef fort to trace the missing student and blamed students for their illegal detention. “We slept on the floor and were not provided food. Several of our colleagues are sick and they spent whole night without any facilities,” VC Kumar said.Rejecting Kumar’s allegations, the JNUSU said that the incident occurred due to the administration’s insensitive handling of the issue. “The blockade is due to the insensitive way of handling the matter of Najeeb Ahmed-the violence against him by ABVP which led to him missing from the campus for over five days now and the JNU administration trying to shield the culprits while refusing to lodge an FIR,” JNUSU President Mohit Pandey said.As soon as the blockade was called off by JNUSU President Mohit Pandey on Thursday at around 2.15pm, a section of students, including activists of BAPSA, AISF, and DSU started protesting, asking Pandey to explain his decision.“We have been sitting here for the last 24 hours pressurising the authorities to step up their efforts in tracing our missing friend. How can JNUSU take this decision abruptly without apprising us about the status of their meeting with the VC?” a student who wished to stay anonymous, asked.“We’ll continue our protest. We don’t care if JNUSU is with us or not. We’ll carry out a march tonight in the campus in support of Najeeb,” said another student.The atmosphere on campus remained tense on Thursday evening. “JNUSU thinks they are the only legitimate body on campus. They have forgotten that we students elected them. They can’t betray us like this. We won’t stop this movement here. We’ll constitute another body without hierarchy to channelise our protest,” a BAPSA activist said.Ahmad’s family, who also blamed the varsity for not taking action to trace their son, remains grief stricken. “Yesterday we got a call from a mortuary to identify a body. Fortunately, it wasn’t our Najeeb,” says Sadaf, Najeeb’s sister. “The administration is not doing anything to trace my son. Had these students not protested, even the media wouldn’t have come,” Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees said. Meanwhile, the Delhi police constituted a Special Investigating Team (SIT) to trace the missing student following a direction from Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for information on Najeeb.

Threat letter sent to former JNU students union member over missing student

New Delhi: A threat letter was on Thursday received by former JNU students union joint secretary and ABVP member Saurabh Sharma warning him over the missing varsity student.

JNU campus. Image courtesy: www.jnu.ac.in

JNU campus. Image courtesy: www.jnu.ac.in

The letter was delivered to Sharma at his room in Jhelum Boys Hostel of Jawaharlal Nehru University, which threatened him to be “cut into pieces”.

“I got the letter today morning, which cited incidents in West Bengal and asked me how dare I touched a Muslim boy. It also said that irrespective of whether Najeeb returns or not, I will be cut into pieces,” Sharma said, adding that this is not the first threatening letter he received.

“I have received many such letters post the February 9 incident. But I will keep standing up to my nationalistic beliefs come what may.”

The letter was sent by one Shahid Khan through Speed Post, whose address was mentioned on the envelope as that of Jahangir Puri along with a mobile number.

“Saurabh Sharma, Hope this letter finds you at least in a condition where you can read. As our boys are already looking for you to cut into pieces. Looks like you haven’t taken any lessons from the recent Bengal attacks where our boys are thrashing people of your community into pieces,” the letter said.

“How dare you touch a Muslim boy. Najib Ahmed wapas ‘mile na mile’ but we will find you and burn down the whole ABVP and JNU. Wait till that time comes!” it added.

Sharma, was the complainant of the controversial 9 February event on campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

JNU: VC warns of action as siege by students over missing hostel inmate enters second day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the siege of JNU administrative building by a section of students over a missing hostel inmate entered the second day, Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar, who along with other officials is confined on the premises, today warned of action against the protesters.Students, who are agitating over the alleged inaction of University in the case of missing student Najeeb Ahmed, have not allowed the VC and about 12 other officials to come out of the building since yesterday afternoon though students and mediapersons have been able to access it.”If all our efforts fail, if we continue to be confined like this and if we are prevented from doing our duty, we will have no other option but take suitable action. There is an important academic council meeting at 2.30 PM, and we have to leave this venue and go to another venue at around 2.15 PM,” the VC told reporters this morning.Rejecting allegations of inaction, he said they had written to the police about the missing student and an inquiry by the university will be expedited and the “guilty” will be punished.Coming down heavily on protesting students, the VC said that several rounds of talks were held with them to convince them regarding the sincerity of the university to locate Najeeb but they were continuing with their “illegal” activity of holding hostage the authorities.”This is a university run in a democratic manner. We value debate and discussion. That’s why we had several rounds of discussions with the students to convince them that the university is sincerely working to locate Najeeb Ahmed.”We have tried by every possible means to convince the students that we are trying our best to locate Najeeb.However, they are not relenting and resorting to this kind of illegal means,” he said.He asserted, however, that the university administration will not be “coerced” by “illegal means”.”We cannot be coerced by these illegal means. The university has to be run in a proper manner and the academic activities should not suffer. We again appeal to the students not to resort to this kind of illegal activities which will affect the university.”He said that no food or water was allowed in the administrative building as claimed by the agitating students during their overnight siege.”We have no food. Students are spreading lie that they have sent food and water inside which is absolutely false,” he said.Two of the officials, including a diabetic, were, however, allowed by the student to leave the building.He said that university appealed to Najeeb through media and its website to come back as was demanded by the students and has also written several letters to police since he went missing on Saturday following a brawl on the campus the night before.An FIR for kidnapping and wrongfully confining a person was lodged at Vasant Kunj North police station after the police received a complaint from the student’s guardians.

JNU on the boil: As protests continue, V-C says all efforts are being made to find Najeeb Ahmed

The air is tense in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). A student has been missing for six days now, following an alleged fight between two groups on the night of 14 October. The protesting students, demanding ‘proper action’ by JNU authorities, have lodged themselves at administrative block in the campus. On Wednesday night, Vice Chancellor M Jagdeesh Kumar and other top university officials were confined to their offices all through the night.

JNU campus. Image courtesy: www.jnu.ac.in

JNU campus. Image courtesy: www.jnu.ac.in

Najeeb Ahmed, a student of MSc, has been missing since 11 am on 15 October after an alleged altercation with students belonging to the ABVP at the Mahi-Mandavi Hostel. The ideological battle between Left and Right had taken an ugly turn, with allegations of physical intimidation and kidnapping of the missing student being made by the protesting students.

JNU Vice Chancellor in a press conference on Thursday morning said that he was ‘illegally confined’ and called the ways of the protesting students as unreasonable and ‘unfortunate’.

Responding to the question that JNU administration is not taking the matter seriously, he said he had met the family members of Najeeb twice and “heard them very patiently though they were agitated as their son is missing”.

“We understand their pain and assured them that we are taking all necessary action but told them that they cannot decide who should be punished. There is a procedure to be followed,” said the Vice Chancellor Jagdeesh Kumar.

He also added that JNUSU president Mohit Pandey went out to the press immediately after this meeting between the V-C and family of the missing student and told the media persons that “V-C has told the mother of the missing student that we will see you in a court, which is a blatant lie.”

While stressing on the fact that an inquiry panel has been formed and JNU administration is in regular touch with police, he added that just on the basis of allegations and without conducting a proper inquiry, no action can be taken against any students.

“Our primary concern is to find Najeeb, secondly to make a proper inquiry into the incident and run the university effectively,” said the Vice Chancellor.

On Wednesday night, JNU administration made a written appeal to the students while they were confined which read, “to all the students agitating over the issue of an event that took place at Mahi-Mondavi Hostel in the night of 14-15 October 2016 to immediately end their gherao of University officials in the Administration building where the Vice Chancellor and other senior officials have been unlawfully confined. Some of these officials are blood pressure and diabetic patients and are not able to take their medicines. It is already more than five hours of confinement. Their continued confinement may lead to deterioration of their health.”

Talking about the action taken by the administration in the appeal, JNU authorities said, “The Administration has taken all necessary steps to trace Najeeb Ahmed. First, we have reported the case to the police and regularly monitoring the developments. Secondly, we have made an appeal to Najeeb Ahmed through the media and the university’s website to return and resume his academic activities without any fear. Thirdly, a fair inquiry has been initiated in the Chief Proctor’s office on the alleged violence during the election campaign for membership in the Mess Committee in the Hostel. The inquiry process will follow the due process and efforts will be made to expedite it and recommendations of the inquiry committee will be submitted to a provost committee for a final recommendation. Those found guilty will face disciplinary action as per the university rules. Press release will be issued on warden’s committee reports/complaints received related to this incident. We yet again appeal to the student community to end the gherao and return to their respective hostels.”

JNU missing student: Protest intensifies, VC locked in building

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hours after the brawl between Najeeb Ahmed and ABVP students late on Friday last week, an emergency meeting held by the warden at 12:30 AM pronounced Ahmed guilty and expelled him from the hostel “with immediate effect.” This was revealed in notings of the meeting accessed by DNA that was held between the warden and students immediately after the brawl.Meanwhile, the Delhi Police have announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for anyone who can provide information with regard to the kidnapping case of Najeeb Ahmed. Posters have been put up at various locations in the Capital to this effect. The students also gheraoed the campus late Wednesday night locking senior university officials inside the administration building, even as JNUSU claimed that it had not done so.”We have been locked inside the building since 2.30 PM. There is a female colleague with us who is unwell as she is diabetic,” JNU Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar said on Wednesday night. The VC and other senior officials are locked for more than eight hours as the students are lying down outside the administration block saying the officials were free to walk over them. The JNU students union defended its stand claiming there has been no “illegal detention”.”We have not illegally confined anybody in JNU administrative building. Electricity and all kind of supplies are here. We have also sent food for people inside,” Mohit Pandey, President, JNUSU said.27-year-old Najeeb Ahmed went missing from the campus the same morning, and has been untraceable ever since. Explaining the decision to expel the student in the middle of the night, the warden of the Mahi Mandavi hostel in JNU, Dr Sushil Kumar said. “Ahmed accepted that he was guilty and that he incited physical violence in front of everybody. In cases where physical violence is involved, it is a requirement to make a noting and take action, so that other students don’t feel the administration is not concerned about their safety. Inciting physical violence also requires that hostel provision be withdrawn. That is why the decision was taken.”The warden, however, also claimed that Ahmed was unaware of the decision of the warden’s committee, and that official communication would have only gone to the student Monday. “He was not informed about the decision. An emergency meeting held on 16th October then decided to defer the decision, in the light of the incident, until further notice,” Dr Sushil Kumar added.As per the notings, Ahmed slapped ABVP student Vikrant Kumar “without any provocation” in front of two students. This action, the noting states, was accepted by Najeeb, “in front of the senior warden, mess warden, JNUSU President, among others.”“On the basis of the written complaint given by Shri Vikrant Kumar( Room 213 Mahi) and eyewitness accounts and the acceptance of guilt by Shri Najeeb Ahmed (Room no 106 Mahi), Mr Ahmed stands accused of physical violence against Shri Vikrant Kumar. Accordingly, the warden’s committee in the presence of JNUSU President Shri Mohit Pandey, hostel president Shri Alimuddin, former President Shri Dileep Kumar has taken the impromptu decision to expel Najeeb Ahmed from Mahi Mandavi hostel with immediate effect,” the noting of the meeting, written by the warden and signed by witnesses states“Official communication for vacating the hostel premises will be provided to Shri Ahmed in due course will be provided to Shri Ahmed in due course. Shri Ahmed is required to vacate the hostel on or before October 21, 2016,” it adds.While the student still remains untraceable, Wednesday again saw various student bodies protesting inside the campus demanding that the administration find the missing student as quickly as possible. The student went missing last Saturday. A case of kidnapping was registered at the Vasant Kunj police station two days after the student went missing. The student’s family has been on campus since Saturday.With PTI inputs

JNU student goes missing after altercation with few other students

New Delhi: A Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student and AISA activist has gone missing under mysterious circumstances, police said on Sunday.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Najeeb Ahmad, pursuing MSc in Biotechnology and resident of room 106 of Mahi/Mandavi hostel, has been missing since Saturday allegedly after an altercation with a few students on Saturday night, they added.

A case under section 365 (kidnapping with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person) of IPC has been registered at the Vasant Kunj North police station on the basis of a complaint by his parents, police said.

An AISA activist said Najeeb, who joined the hostel a fortnight ago, had an altercation with some ABVP activists on Saturday night when they were holding a door-to-door campaign at the hostel for the mess committee election.

Najeeb allegedly slapped a student following which residents of the hostel asked him to vacate his room.

However, the activist alleged, “It all started with a scuffle between two groups of students, but then an entire group of ABVP activists came to avenge it and beat him up,” the activist said.

All those who tried to save him, including the warden, JNUSU President and hostel residents were also beaten up.

There was a protest organised by JNUSU at the university demanding the JNU administration to immediately take up the matter with the police from the university’s side, said a student.

Delhi BJP wants enquiry into Arvind Kejriwal’s spy agency

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi BJP President Satish Upadhyay on Monday wrote a letter to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung asking him investigate media reports alleging that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had tried to set up a spy agency after coming to power in 2015.In his letter, Upadhyay has demanded that L-G Jung to order an inquiry in the matter and put before the people of Delhi the proposal which Kejriwal government had prepared in this context.”Delhi already has an efficient police force and other intelligence agencies and therefore it appears that Kejriwal wanted this new agency for keeping a tab on political opponents. It is really sad that Arvind Kejriwal government is not able to accept any political opposition,” said Upadhyay.Delhi Government officials said the unit was never set up and it remained a decision. They also called the news reports about the unit’s formation as totally baseless.

LG Najeeb Jung in tussle with Delhiites, not the CM: Kejriwal

Sun, 9 Oct 2016-07:40pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid escalating confrontation between the Delhi government and Lieutenant General Najeeb Jung, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday alleged that Jung is not in a tussle with him but with the entire city, farmers and women. His comments came a day after he appealed to Jung not to cancel the public welfare decisions taken by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government since it came to power in February 2015.The Chief Minister had on Saturday accused the Centre of starting a process to declare “null and void” all Delhi government’s decisions taken in the last one-and-a-half-year through the Lt Governor.

Arvind Kejriwal accuses Centre of trying to declare Delhi govt decisions ‘null void’

New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday accused the Centre of starting a process to declare “null and void” all Delhi government’s decisions taken in the last one-and-a-half-year through the Lt Governor, claiming the move will only lead to “chaos”.

Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi CM Arvind KejriwalLt Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Referring to the 4 August high court order that stamped the primacy of Lt Governor, the Delhi Chief Minister said the HC order cannot have retrospective effect, it can only have prospective effect instead.

His accusation came days after Lt Governor Najeeb Jung quashed the AAP government’s notification on increasing circle rates of agricultural land and dissolved the Delhi Waqf Board besides scrapping the appointment of DERC chairman.

“LG has scrapped the appointment of Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) chairman saying his prior
approval was not sought. Will all the DERC’s decisions taken in the last one-and-a-half-year be declared null and void?

“He also quashed the government’s decision to increase circle rates for agricultural land. Citing that LG’s prior nod was not taken, whether those farmers who sold their land would have to return money to purchaser now?” he asked.

Kejriwal said whether 8,000 new classrooms which were built by his government would be demolished as no prior
approval was taken.

“Process is going on to declare null and void all our decisions taken in the last one-and-a-half year which is a
very unfortunate.

“I request the Centre not to make governance in Delhi a laughing stock as it is very serious business and it will only lead to chaos.”

Asserting that after the HC order, the AAP government was sending all files to Lt Governor for his prior approval he said, we would request Jung to give his ex-post facto approval on those files which were not sent for his prior approval.

Similarly, the L-G has stopped salaries of government’s lawyers as his prior approval was not sought.

“In the past, ex-post facto approval of L-G has been given to the government’s various decisions. How could we turn the clock back? The high court order cannot have retrospective effect, instead, it can only have prospective effect,” the Delhi CM said while addressing a press conference at his official residence.

On the issue of transfer and posting of bureaucrats, he said that Delhi government should have a say in transfer and posting of officers working with it.

Speaking on the dissolution of Delhi Waqf Board by Jung, Kejriwal said the body appointed by the government has been dissolved as its chairman Amantullah Khan was allegedly exposing scam in the Board.

People ‘left to suffer’: SC on dengue and chikungunya menace in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a stinging criticism of the handling of dengue and chikungunya menace in Delhi, the Supreme Court on Thursday said the authorities here were “not interested” and the people have been “left to suffer”.It also expressed disappointment over the outcome of yesterday’s meeting between the Lieutenant Governor and Delhi government on curbing vector-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya and asked them to hold another meeting this evening to firm up steps to check the diseases.”We have gone through the minutes of meeting held yesterday and we are quiet disappointed with the outcome,” a bench of justices M B Lokur and Amitava Rao said.”These people are not interested and the people of Delhi are left to suffer,” the bench observed and asked the LG and Delhi Government to hold a meeting at 5.30 PM today to discuss the matter.During the hearing, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, appearing for Delhi Chief Secretary, told the bench that LG Najeeb Jung would convene a meeting in which those officers, who were directed to attend the meeting by the court in its October 4 order, would be present.The bench also asked senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, who is an amicus curiae in the matter, to participate in the meeting and express his views on how to tackle the menace of these vector-borne diseases.The bench directed that the participants should discuss the steps to be taken to prevent the problem faced by the people of Delhi this year and also the future measures.”We expect the participants to keep the interest of people of Delhi in mind while doing the entire exercise,” the bench said, adding “we expect that the action taken is collaborative and cooperative”.It fixed the matter for further hearing on October 17.The apex court had on October 4 directed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Health Minister Satyendra Jain to hold a meeting with LG Najeeb Jung, which was held yesterday, to chalk out a strategy for curbing vector-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya in the national capital, while warning Delhi government against indulging in blame game.

After Raghuram Rajan, is Arvind Kejriwal next on Subramanian Swamy’s list?

BJP MP from East Delhi Mahesh Girri on Sunday sat on a hunger strike outside the residence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, demanding that the chief minister prove the allegations regarding the murder of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) official MM Khan.

Girri asked Kejriwal for a public debate over his allegations.

Earlier, in a letter to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, Kejriwal had accused the Governor of trying to “save” Girri and NDMC vice-chairman Karan Singh Tanwar in Khan’s murder.

Khan, an estate officer of NDMC, was shot dead in Jamia Nagar on 16 May, a day before he was scheduled to pass the final order on the lease terms of a hotel which was functioning on a property leased out by the civic body.

Reacting to this controversy, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy dragged the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung further into the controversy. He demanded that the Governor must be dismissed as baseless allegations are being leveled against an elected MP.

Swamy also said, “If you have dared to question his (Girri’s) integrity then you must prove it. And you must apologise if ” as reported on Times Now. Swamy said Kejriwal should come out and face a debate.

The Delhi Chief Minister, meanwhile has reacted on Girri’s hunger strike outside his residence. He reiterated his allegations and demanded that Girri should be arrested. Kejriwal has alleged that Girri has links with the owner of the hotel, Ramesh Kakkar. He said that BJP is pressurising the police to not take action in the case and is instead indulging in theatrics.

On BJP’s demand for an open debate, Kejriwal asked if that is how BJPs justice system functions. Do we have open debates on murder cases? he asked.

BJP MP Mahesh Girri. Screen grab. CNN News18BJP MP Mahesh Girri. Screen grab. CNN News18

BJP MP Mahesh Girri. Screen grab from CNN News18

Meanwhile BJP leader Vijay Goel retorted back on the CMs statement saying why doesn’t Kejriwal answers Girri’s questions directly instead of responding to the media, Times Now reported.

In a letter to Kejriwal, Girri had invited him to Constitution Club to produce “evidence” he had against him in the MM Khan murder case on Sunday 4 pm.

Kejriwal did not accept the challenge following which Girri, accompanied by his party supporters, reached the Chief Minister’s flagstaff Road residence and sat on hunger strike.

The BJP MP has asked Kejriwal to either prove his charge against him or “resign” from the post of Chief Minister.

“If he manages to prove, then I will quit politics, otherwise he should do so,” Girri said.

Meanwhile, senior BJP leaders have also decided to throw their weight behind Girri maintaining that the Delhi CM must apologise if he cannot prove his allegations. So far, Subramanian Swamy, Vijay Goel and Manoj Tiwari from the BJP have joined the protest in a bid to support Girri.

Manoj Tiwari also joined the protest to stand with his fellow BJP leader. While talking to the Media he criticised Kejriwal’s “politics of lies” and termed his allegations “baseless” and an “attempt at character assassination.”

Mahesh Girri, who is continuing his hunger strike for the second day, said that Kejriwal cannot evade debate forever. Earlier, Girri had also written to the Delhi Police Commissioner stating that he is ready for arrest if need be and that he will fully cooperate in a probe.

On the other hand, aside from all the politics, MM Khan’s daughter has said that the politics being played around her father’s death is hurting her family. She said that she and her family has not levelled allegations against anyone and the truth In all the brouhaha aroound the issue, the investigation on the case is lost, she added. She also said,” We are simple people and we do not understand all this politics. We only wish for an unbiased probe in his death.”

Khan’s daughter also requested the BJP MP to end his hunger strike, saying she doesn’t want any one to go hungry.

Hitting back at Girri, AAP’s Delhi unit convenor Dilip Pandey said an open debate with Kejriwal would not solve the problem, instead the BJP MP should be ready for a fair investigation.

The party also reiterated its demand for arrest of Girri and Tanwar in connection with the murder.

The owner of the hotel, Ramesh Kakkar, was arrested on charges of murder.

AAP MLA from Okhla Amanatullah questioned Girri’s ties with Kakkar.

Pandey also alleged that Tanwar took money from Kakkar to get Khan transferred and the BJP leader had also threatened the NDMC officer.

Pandey claimed that a letter was written by Tanwar to Khan. AAP and people of Delhi want to know the content of the letter which has since gone missing, he claimed.

with inputs from agencies

MM Khan murder: Maheish Girri goes on hunger strike, Kejriwal demands arrest

Arvind Kejriwal this morning demanded that Maheish Girri, the BJP MP, who has been sitting on a hunger strike in protest outside the Delhi Chief Minister’s residence, demanding that the former prove his allegations regarding the murder of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) official MM Khan should be arrested by the ‘Modi Police’.”He shud be arrested n interrogated by Modi police in MM Khan murder case. Modi police shielding him (sic),” Kejriwal said in a tweet.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP lawmaker from East Delhi sat on a hunger strike yesterday evening outside the residence of Kejriwal and said that the Delhi Chief Minister has levelled baseless allegations regarding his involvement in the murder case.”The hunger strike is going to continue. The Delhi Chief Minister has levelled baseless allegations of my involvement in NDMC official MM Khan’s murder,” he told ANI.”I will not even move from here till he comes out and I get justice,” he added.In a letter to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, Kejriwal had accused him of trying to “save” Girri and NDMC vice-chairman Karan Singh Tanwar in Khan’s murder.Girri had asked Kejriwal for a public debate over his allegations.Khan was shot dead in Jamia Nagar on May 16, a day before he was scheduled to pass the final order on the lease terms of a hotel which was functioning on a property leased out by the civic body.

Kejriwal v/s Jung: Newly-appointed Tihar DG JK Sharma steps down, says AAP govt didn’t seek LG nod

A day after taking charge, senior IPS officer J K Sharma has stepped down as Director General of Tihar Jail here contending the AAP government did not seek prior approval from the Lt Governor Najeeb Jung for his appointment.In his letter to the Principal Secretary (Delhi Home Department) S N Sahai, Sharma said that since his appointment order has not been issued with the approval of competent authority (Lt Governor), the charge taken over by him is returned to the earlier officer who was holding it.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Tuesday, the AAP government issued an order to appoint Sharma as the new DG of Tihar even as sources in the LG’s office said that the former did not seek prior approval to do the same and the appointment is ‘non est’ (does not exist). Sharma, a 1982-batch IPS officer, who is DG (Home Guard), was given additional charge of DG (Prisons).”With reference to order dated April 19, 2016, I took over the look after charge of Director General (Prisons) in addition to my own duties as Director General (Home Guards) but since the order is not issued with the approval of competent authority, hence the charge taken over by the undersigned (Sharma) is hereby returned to the earlier officer who was holding the charge,” Sharma said in his letter issued under the designation of DG (Prisons).He, however, said that he will be “happy” to resume the DG (Prisons) charge on approval of the competent authority.

AAP praises Lt Guv Najeeb Jung for his ‘courageous’ remark on Bharat Mata slogan row

The AAP, which is often at odds with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, on Tuesday praised him for his “courageous” comments that ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ debate was “manufactured and people cannot be forced to chant it”. AAP leaders led by Delhi Convener Dilip Pandey, along with party spokespersons Deepak Bajpai and Richa Pandey Mishra, and legislators Amanatullah (Okhla), Manoj Kumar (Kondli), Sanjeev Jha (Burari) and Rajendra Gautam (Seemapuri) today went to meet Jung to “appreciate his public stand against the divisive politics” Pandey said irrespective of party’s differences with the Lieutenant Governor, AAP appreciates “the courage shown by Jung.” “The BJP and the RSS have unleashed it’s frontal organisations to create an atmosphere of fear and intolerance. In these circumstances, coming out and expressing his dissent against RSS-BJP’s politics of hatred is an act of unparalleled courage, especially for a person holding the office of Lieutenant Governor. It compelled us to appreciate his public stand,” Pandey said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bajpai said, “When BJP president Amit Shah is issuing open threats and issuing certificates of patriotism, LG came out and said that every Indian has a right to refuse to bow down under pressure.”
ALSO READ Bharat Mata slogan issue is manufactured, says Najeeb JungThe Lieutenant Governor had said in a television interview that the debate over ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ was “manufactured and no one can be forced to say anything.” Jung said there was a difference between raising slogans hailing the motherland and those praising the almighty, including ‘Allah’.”People are losing the nuances of the words. Saying ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ is different from worshipping any deity or Allah or god. It’s a matter of pride for a person belonging to any country to love his country and, therefore, would be absolutely happy to say ‘madre-watan zindabad’, ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ or whatever,” he said.

‘No one can be forced to say Bharat Mata ki Jai’: What President, V-P and Delhi L-G said about tolerance

With the controversy over the ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ slogan and the row in NIT Srinagar, the debate over nationalism has become one of the biggest issues in the country today.

And Delhi L-G Najeeb Jung is the latest political leader to make a statement on this issue.

Delhi L-G Nejeeb Jung. Reuters

Delhi L-G Nejeeb Jung. Reuters

Jung on Monday had said that he disfavoured action against students for alleged anti-national slogan shouting in JNU campus and had suggested that instead they should be engaged in dialogue.

He had also said that police “is invited only in cases of acute arson, not when there is sloganeering”.

Jung had told India Today TV that while he would not encourage anti-nationalism, he would also not take action against students for mere slogan-shouting. “I would feel sorry for them,” he had said.

On the debate over raising of slogans such as ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, Jung said no one can be “forced” to say anything.

“You can say I don’t want to say it but that does not mean I am not nationalistic, that would not mean I am anti-India,” he said.

Jung said there was a difference between raising slogans hailing the motherland and those praising the almighty, including ‘Allah’.

“People are losing the nuances of the words. Saying ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ is different from worshipping any deity or Allah or god. It’s a matter of pride for a person belonging to any country to love his country and, therefore, would be absolutely happy to say ‘madrewatan zindabad‘, ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ or whatever,” he said.

Jung is not the only leader who has spoken on religious tolerance in April though.

Vice-President Hamid Ansari had said on 3 April that principles of faith need to be segregated from contours of culture, according to PTI.

Quoting set of judgements in Bommai case, the V-P had said, “The principle so laid down is emphatic. Despite its clarity, however, different interpretations were placed on it and there is no real consensus within the Court on what secularism entails. It has been opined that what the Court said is different from what it did.

“Observers have noted that subsequent pronouncements of the Supreme Court have effectively vindicated the profoundly anti-secular vision of secularism of some quarters. For this reason, it has been argued whether a more complete separation of religion and politics might not better serve Indian democracy.”

“The difficulty lies in delineating, for purposes of public policy and practice, the line that separates them from religion…Since a wall of separation is not possible under Indian conditions, the challenge is to develop a formula for equidistance and minimum involvement.

“For this purpose, principles of faith need to be segregated from contours of culture since a conflation of the two obfuscates the boundaries of both and creates space to equivocalness. Furthermore, such an argument could be availed of by other faiths in the land since all claim a cultural sphere and a historical justification for it,” he had said.

On 9 April, President Pranab Mukherjee had said that “pluralism and tolerance” are the “hallmark of our civilisation”.

“Diversity of our country is a fact. This cannot be turned into fiction due to the whims and caprices of few individuals. Plurality of our society has come about through assimilation of ideas over centuries. The multiplicity in culture, faith and language is what makes India special. We derive our strength from tolerance. It has been part of our collective consciousness for centuries. It has worked well for us and it is the only way it will work for us. There are divergent strands in public discourse. We may argue. We may not agree. But we cannot deny the essential prevalence of multiplicity of opinion. Otherwise, a fundamental character of our thought process will wither away,” Indian Express had quoted the president as saying.

With inputs from PTI

Installation of CCTV cameras: Delhi CM Kejriwal meets Lt Governor Jung

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung over the issue of installing CCTV cameras and lighting dark spots across the national capital, funds for which have been earmarked in the budget.The meeting at the Lt Governor’s residence was also attended by Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma. Kejriwal said a detailed plan will soon be announced on the implementation of the measures.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While Rs 114 crore was set aside to ensure adequate lighting at around 42,000 spots in the city, the government had also announced an initial allocation of Rs 200 crore for installing CCTV cameras and surveillance systems.”We are preparing a detailed plan on how to implement the projects and will announce it soon. Delhi government will also monitor the CCTV feed,” Kejriwal said.Presenting the Rs 46,600 crore budget for 2016-17 in the Assembly, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had set aside Rs 1,068 crore for women’s safety, security and empowerment.

Here’s why LG Najeeb Jung praised Kejriwal government

Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, who has been at loggerheads with the AAP government, has praised its Delhi Jal Board for tackling water crisis in the national capital triggered by the Jat quota stir in neighbouring Haryana.In his letter to Keshav Chandra, CEO of DJB, which comes under Delhi government, Jung said the work to tackle the water crisis was “admirable”. “I wish to place on record my appreciation for your admirable performance in course of the management of recent water crisis in Delhi… “The professionalism and calibre displayed by you in the management of this acute crisis situation was of a very high order,” Jung said in his letter to the CEO.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Since the Aam Aadmi Party has come to power, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Jung have been at loggerheads on several issues like transfer and postings of bureaucrats in the government and formation of Commission of Inquiry. Recently, water supply was severely hit in many parts of Delhi after Jat agitators damaged Munak Canal in Haryana.The AAP government has decided to prepare a backup plan for alternative sources of water so that residents don’t face such a problem in future. The DJB has been directed by the government to prepare a plan so that the city has 7-10 days water backup to cope with any crisis.

Under fire Bassi meets LG Najeeb Jung over JNU row

Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Monday met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and briefed him about the JNU row, for which the force drew severe criticism from several quarters.”It was a routine meeting between the Commissioner and the Lt Governor, in which the latter was briefed about the ongoing JNU row,” a senior officer said. He said the subject of discussion revolved around the five JNU students, including Umar Khalid, who are facing sedition charges and resurfaced on the varsity campus last night. The police have been looking for all the five since February 12, the day JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested in the sedition case registered over a controversial event on the campus.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bassi is learnt to have told Jung that the final call about the matter is to be taken by the investigating officer. Earlier in the day, Bassi said if the students were innocent, they should produce evidence. “Police are looking for them, they should join the investigation. If they are innocent, they should produce evidence of their innocence.”Delhi Police is a law abiding body and we do not indulge in any injustice against anybody. One should also remember that the police comes first in the ladder of justice,” he told reporters. The JNU administration called a meeting of top varsity officials today to discuss the resurfacing of the five students.Police officials, who have been positioned outside the varsity campus since last night after they got inputs about their presence on campus, said they will talk to the Vice Chancellor after the meeting and ask him to direct the students to surrender.

MCD workers meet Lt Guv Najeeb Jung, say funds offered by AAP ‘insufficient’

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on Wednesday announced a loan of Rs 551 crore to two BJP-ruled civic bodies, East Delhi Municipal Corporation and North Delhi Municipal Corporation, to pay salaries to their employees. With the strike by municipal employees entering its ninth day, a delegation of agitating sanitation workers today met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and said the fund offered by the AAP government for paying their salaries were “insufficient”.While the MCD workers refused to call off their strike, they claimed that the LG has assured them of looking into their demands.”Today we met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and told him that the funds offered by the Aam Aadmi Party government is not sufficient to pay our dues. Therefore, we are going to continue the strike,” said President of Swatantra Mazdoor Vikas Sanyukta Morcha Sanjay Gehlot.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The LG has assured us that he is trying to address the issue,” Gehlot said.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on Wednesday announced a loan of Rs 551 crore to two BJP-ruled civic bodies, East Delhi Municipal Corporation and North Delhi Municipal Corporation, to pay salaries to their employees.

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