Plea against lie-detector tests in Aarushi murder case dismissed

July 3rd, 2008 - 9:28 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Aarushi Talwar

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday dismissed a petition by a lawyers’ body questioning the use of various modern crime detection techniques like brain-mapping and narco-analysis by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the murder of 14-year-old Noida girl Aarushi. A vacation bench of Justice Altmas Kabir and Justice G.S. Singhvi dismissed the lawsuit saying that the lawyers’ body had no right to question the probe and its method in a criminal case.

The All India Lawyers’ Joint Action Committee had contended in their lawsuit that subjecting Aarushi’s parents and others to various modern crime detection techniques like lie detection test, brain mapping and narco-analysis was akin to subjecting them to third-degree torture.

The petitioner contended that even the legality of these tests has not been ascertained as yet and they are being examined by the apex court itself.

The court recently concluded its hearing on a bunch of petitions questioning the legality of such techniques.

Among others, Santokhben Jadeja, a woman from Gujarat whose life was the inspiration behind the Bollywood film “Godmother”, has questioned the use of modern probe methods.

The court is yet to deliver its verdict on the legality of these modern, scientific techniques of probing a criminal case.

Aarushi Talwar was found murdered at her Noida flat May 16 and the police discovered the body of the family’s domestic help a day later.

CBI has subjected many including the main accused, Aarushi’s dentist father Rajesh Talwar and his compounder Krishna, to lie detection and narco-analysis tests.

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