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Tytler refuses lie-detector test in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case

IANS | New Delhi |

Congress leader Jagdish Tytler has refused to give consent to undergoing lie-detector test in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

Tytler, in an affidavit filed before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Shivali Sharma, refused to undergo the test.

Meanwhile, prosecution witness and arms dealer Abhishek Verma’s counsel sought more time saying that his client was unwell. The defence counsel told the court that he needs more time for his personal appearance.

The court allowed Verma’s plea and listed the matter for June 2for further proceedings.

On May 9, the court asked Tytler and Verma to make their stands clear — by personal appearance or an affidavit on May 22 — whether they will undergo lie-detector test in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

It has also said that if there were any conditions attached to the consent, they should appear in person for clarification.

The court was hearing a Delhi Police plea seeking court’s permission for the polygraphy on Tytler and Verma.

The agency’s move came after Verma alleged that Tytler tried to influence a witness, Surender Singh, with money and promised to send his son Narender Singh to Canada.

The investigating agency had earlier given a clean chit to Tytler but reopened the case following the 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.