September 13, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of investigation (CBI) is said to have informed the Delhi Court that the lie detector test on arms dealer Abhishek Verma, who also happens to be witness in the 1984 Sikh genocide case will be conducted in New Delhi from October 3 to 6.
For this matter the CBI has reportedly submitted before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Arora that the government-run forensic science laboratory in Rohini here has confirmed the dates to conduct the test. However, senior advocate H S Phoolka, representing genocide victims, argued that the probe agency was delaying the matter by not recording the statement of witnesses in the case and trying to shield the accused.
While the main accuse and Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, who has been given clean chit thrice by the CBI, had refused to undergo the test, and the CBI has not even once moved to court so as to make sure that he undergoes that test which may have further given new facts in this case. Abhishek Verma had given conditional consent saying he is ready to undergo the test if provided with round-the-clock security as he feared threat to his life, reads a quote from a report published in an English vernacular.
Last month the court through an Investigating Officer (IO) after assessing the threat perception of Abhishek Verma provided him with round-the-clock security till he undergoes the test.
Earlier, Advocate HS Phoolka had said the IO should be directed to record before a magistrate statements of witnesses who are aged over 80 years. To this, the IO had said it was the prerogative of the probe agency to decide when it wants to record the statements of the witnesses. This was opposed by HS Phoolka who said it cannot be the prerogative of the agency as the probe in the case is being monitored by the court, media reports said.
The CBI’s move seeking permission to conduct the polygraph test on Tytler and Verma came after the court’s December 4, 2015 order in which it was mentioned that such a test may be conducted, if required, media sources said.
The agency had reinvestigated the case of killing of Badal Singh, Thakur Singh and Gurcharan Singh near the gurudwara after a court in December 2007 refused to accept its closure report. The CBI has filed three closure reports in the case, reports Indian Express (IE).