A Delhi court on Monday gave its nod to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to conduct a polygraph or lie-detector test on senior Punjab cop Salwinder Singh in connection with its probe into the Pathankot attack of January 2.
“We have got permission of the court to conduct a lie detector test on Salwinder Singh after he consented for the same. The polygraph test will be conducted subject to availability and proper briefing of the expert who will conduct it,” said an NIA official.
Earlier in the day, the NIA team along with Salwinder had come to the court of district judge Amarnath seeking its permission to conduct the lie-detector test. The court, after on-camera proceedings, allowed the NIA’s application and directed it to conduct the lie-detector test within three days.
After questioning Salwinder Singh for a over a week, alone as well as with his cook Madan Gopal and Somraj, who is the caretaker of the Dargah Panj Peer that the senior cop had visited before allegedly being abducted by the Pathankot attackers, the agency has found nothing that connects him the terrorists, sources have said.
However, there are still inconsistencies in Salwinder’s statement and for which the federal anti-terror agency is going to conduct the lie detector test, they added.
In his complaint to the police, Salwinder Singh has claimed that while returning from the Dargah Panj Peer on the night of December 31, he was abducted by four or five terrorists who later attacked the Pathankot air base. The Pathankot attackers also snatched away his vehicle. At the time of his abduction, Salwinder was with his cook and a jeweller friend, Rajesh Verma.
On the basis of Salwinder’s account, the NIA sleuths have attempted to reconstruct the sequence of events starting from his visit to the dargah to his abduction and snatching away of his vehicle.