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Conclude 1984 riot witness’ polygraph test by month-end: Court

IANS | New Delhi |

A court here on Wednesday directed that the lie detector test of arms dealer Abhishek Verma, a witness in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case against Congress Leader Jagdish Tytler, should be concluded by the end of November.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Arora’s direction comes after defence counsel gave consent to the appointment of noted advocate B.S. Joon as the commissioner to monitor Verma’s polygraph test.

The court slated the matter for December 15 for further hearing.

On October 24, Verma’s polygraph test was conducted in the FSL in Rohini here after which he moved an application alleging that forensic lab was unfair and biased.

He sought that a detailed standard operating procedure for conducting polygraph test be filed by the FSL, Rohini in the court to bring on record complete transparency.

The court was hearing a Central Bureau of Investigation plea for permission to conduct the lie detector tests on Verma as well as Tytler, accused of leading a mob in Pul Bangash area in 1984 that led to the killing of three Sikhs.

The Congress leader has refused to undergo the test.

The agency’s move came after Verma’s accusation that Tytler influenced witness Surender Singh through money and a promise to send his son Narender Singh to Canada.

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

On the court’s direction, Verma had been provided round-the-clock security till his polygraphy test is conducted after he had told the court that he apprehended serious threat to his life as well as that of his wife and mother.