Kochi: The Kerala High Court has ordered to hand over the Jesna missing case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The Thiruvananthapuram bureau of CBI will investigate the case. Earlier, the CBI had expressed readiness to take over the case. The Crime Branch has submitted the latest investigation report in HC.
Meanwhile, the Kerala government informed the HC that it had made every intervention that was humanly possible in the Jesna missing case. The government also informed the court that it had no objection in another agency investigating the case. Following this, the HC had directed the CBI to clarify its stance on the matter.
The Additional Solicitor General appeared in front of the HC and informed that the CBI was ready to take up the investigation. He also told the court that Jesna’s disappearance was a serious incident and that the case had inter-state links.
The Additional Solicitor General also informed the court that the CBI was facing a shortage of officers and that the HC must take action in this regard. The Court agreed to the request and handed over the case to CBI.
Jesna Maria James, daughter of Vechoochira Kollamula native James Joseph, went missing on March 22, 2018. She was a second year BCom student at St Dominic College in Kanjirappally. Jesna set out to her aunt's house in Mundakayam Punchavayal area and reached till Erumeli before she went missing.