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Narco tests are of no use: Study

india Updated: Jan 30, 2009 00:46 IST
Rachna Pratihar

The theory that narcoanalysis tests do not help in investigation of criminal cases has got a fillip.

Nawaz Irani (26), an assistant chemical analyst with the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), Kalina, has won an award for her research finding that the psychological testing technique is not helpful.

Irani presented two papers titled ‘Narco Analysis and Psychological Evaluation’ at the three-day 19th All India Forensic Conference that began in Ahmedabad on January 18.

The research papers, which were among 16 others presented by forensic experts from across India, had been short listed in the Best Scientific Paper in Psychology category.

Currently, findings of a narcoanalysis test are not admissible as part of evidence in a court of law.

“Narcoanalysis involves administering narcotics into the subject’s body, thus causing a number of side-effects depending on the individual’s physiology,” Irani told Hindustan Times, adding that in India we depend a lot on the technique which is banned in many countries.

“The research concluded that the test does not throw up any additional information to help in the probe,” said Irani whose research work spanning a couple of years was based on 26 subjects.

The award is the first for the narcoanalysis department since it was set up in 2006.

Forensic experts say it is incomprehensible why the judiciary permits such tests when the findings are not admissible as evidence in court.

“In most cases when the police seek permission, the courts permit them,” said an forensic expert from FSL, Kalina, requesting anonymity.