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The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice in a plea seeking for a transfer of investigation from the State police to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the mysterious death of Vikrant Nagaich, a 3rd-year student at National Law University, Jodhpur, in August 2017.

A beanch headed by Justice R. F. Nariman, hearing the matter through video-conferencing, issued notice to the Rajasthan government, the CBI and another respondent seeking their responses on the plea filed by Neetu Kumar Nagaich, mother of 21-year-old victim Vikrant Nagaich.

The bench, also comprising Justice’s Navin Sinha and B. R. Gavai, asked them to file their replies within two weeks, and said that it would hear the state about the status of the probe conducted by police.

Besides seeking transfer of case from the crime branch, Jaipur, Nagaich has sought a direction to the CBI to take all steps to “solve the mystery of the unnatural death.”

While claiming that an FIR was lodged in the case after a delay of around 10 months, in June 2018, she has alleged that the manner in which probe has been conducted “leads to an inescapable reasonable apprehension” that it is a result of a “probable collusion to shield some high, mighty and influential person.

“Despite lapse of almost three years, no charge-sheet has been filed. The investigation is at a stand-still, with no effort made to apprehend the offenders,” said the plea, which was argued by advocate Sunil fernandes.

It has also pointed out to several alleged lapses in the investigation conducted by the police.

It said that on 13th August’ 2017, the victim went to a restaurant, around 300 meters from the varsity campus, with his friends in the evening but he did not return and his body was found next morning near the railway track.

“The chronology of events raised a reasonable suspicion that the death of Petitioner’s son was not merely an accident, or suicide but was something more grave and profound, which demanded immediate consideration and investigation.

“However, the same was not carried out by the investigation agency, and the Petitioner was left dismayed and devastated after the death of her only child,” the plea said.

By: Suman Choudhary

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