Congress leader Jagdish Tytler refuses lie-detection test

March 31, 2017 03:24 AM

New Delhi: Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, who has been given a clean chit by the CBI in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, today told a court he was not ready to undergo a lie-detection test as it amounted to cruelty.

Tytler’s counsel said the CBI had not given any reason for conducting it and the agency’s plea for the test was a “gross misuse of law”, filed with “malafide intention”.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Shivali Sharma listed the matter for April 18 for further arguments on the CBI’s plea for permission to conduct the test on Tytler and arms dealer Abhishek Verma. The move came in pursuance to the court’s December 4, 2015, order that a lie-detection test may be conducted, if required.

Meanwhile, the CBI filed a status report in a sealed cover regarding its further probe. The case pertains to riots at Gurdwara Pulbangash in north Delhi where three people were killed on November 1, 1984. Tytler has been given a clean chit by the CBI thrice, but the agency has been directed to further investigate the matter.

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