Court accepts CBI plea to conduct lie detector test on Tytler

New Delhi: A court here on Tuesday reserved its order on a CBI plea for permission to conduct lie-detector test on Jagdish Tytler and arms dealer Abhishek Verma in connection with a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Shivali Sharma fixed May 9 for delivering order on the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) petition.

Tytler, a senior Congress leader, has refused to undergo a polygraph test in the anti-Sikh riots case.

His counsel said that the CBI had not given any specific reason in its application seeking a lie-detector test of his client.

The CBI had sought the court’s permission for conducting polygraph tests on Tytler and Verma in the case in which Tytler is accused of leading a mob in Pul Bangash area in 1984 that led to the killing of three Sikhs.

The agency’s move came after Verma, listed as a witness in the 1984 anti-Sikh riot case, alleged that Tytler tried to influence a witness, Surender Singh, with money and promised to send his son Narender Singh to Canada.

Verma told the court that he was ready for the polygraph test if provided adequate security, as he apprehended threat to his life as well as to his family.

The premier investigating agency had earlier given a clean chit to Tytler in the case but reopened the investigation following a December 4, 2015, court order in the wake of Verma’s allegations.

The court had also directed the agency to find out whether Verma’s statement was authentic.
In September 2016, the agency had filed its investigation report in the case which would also be heard on the next date of hearing.