The Colaba police have asked the court’s permission to conduct a lie detector test on a man accused of stealing from his neighbour’s house.
Lie detector tests or brain mapping exams are normally used only in major crimes such as murder, as the process is complicated, costly and lengthy.
However, in this case, the accused, Robin Charles Velangani, 30, has been booked solely on the basis of statements by two children, and there is no circumstantial evidence against him, officers from the Colaba police said.
He has consistently denied any role in the robbery, and hence, the police want to use the lie detector test to check his claims, to give the probe some direction, officers said.
The case will come up in court on March 23.
According to the police, on March 15, Aditya Gupta, a resident of Ganesh Lane, Colaba Market, approached the police over a break-in and theft at his flat, where valubakles worth Rs3.5 lakh were stolen.
Gupta and other members of his family work in an insurance firm. On the day of the robbery, he and his wife had gone to Sion, while his parents were at work. His niece Vaishnavi had gone for classes.
She returned home around 9pm, to find the bedroom cupboard open and gold ornaments missing. She informed Aditya, who came to the police.
Initial probe indicated the burglar had entered the house from the bathroom, which has two doors, one of which opens outside of the house. The lock on this door was found broken, a Colaba police officer said.
A case was registered against an unknown burglar. However, when Aditya returned home, two children, who come to his house to take tuitions from his wife, told him Velangani could be behind the theft.
“The children said Velangani, who stays in the same building, had asked them to leave the bathroom door open from inside. He had offered them chocolates for doing so,” said a police officer.
Gupta informed the police about it and Velangani’s picture was shown to the children.
“They recognised him, and he was arrested on March 16. However, he has not admitted to his role in the crime. Hence, to check the veracity of the kids’ claims, we have moved the local court, seeking permission for a polygraph and brain mapping test on Velangini,” a sub-inspector said.
Velangini was sent to judicial custody till April 4 by a local court on Saturday, the officer said, He had been booked in an assault case in the past.