The Supreme Court directed re-examining the death of a student at NLU Jodhpur in 2017

Vikrant, the deceased, had gone with his friends to a restaurant about 300 meters away from the university campus on the evening of August 13, 2017, but he did not return from there and the body was found near the railway line the next day. The mother of the deceased alleges that the police neither contacted Google or Facebook nor tried to get the data of his mobile phone, which could be helpful in determining the time of his arrival.

*Arguments of the petitioner* ( Counsel-Sunil Fernandes):

1. FIR was registered in the case in June 2018 after about 10 months.
2. The apex court had said in July that after completing this inquiry in two months, the report should be presented before it.
3. No progress has been made in the investigation of the case. The case is being investigated in a manner that suggests that efforts are on to save an influential person.
4. Despite three years having passed, the police have not yet filed a charge sheet. The investigation is at a standstill and no attempt has been made to arrest the culprits.
5. The mother of the deceased student has requested the court to hand over the investigation to the Central Bureau of Investigation to solve the mystery of the unnatural death of his son.

A three-judge bench of Justices R.F. Nariman, Navin Sinha and Indira Banerjee directed its re-investigation completed the hearing of the plea of the deceased student’s mother through a video conference, and then said: “ This is not the way.” Earlier, the bench had looked at the Rajasthan Police report on the investigation of the case.

Senior Advocate Manish Singhvi, on behalf of the government of Rajasthan, said that the police will re-examine it as directed by the court.

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