CBI court allows brain-mapping of CJM

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: Nov 14, 2014 22:57 IST

The court of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special magistrate, Haryana, here on Friday permitted brain-mapping test of chief judicial magistrate (CJM) Ravneet Garg in a case about the killing of his wife. The decision is based on his consent.

The test is done to map the brain to reveal any guilt. It also helps to know whether a suspect's brain matches information with that of the crime scene findinds.

Garg's wife, Geetanjali, was found dead in a park at Police Lines, Gurgaon, as a result of multiple firearm injuries on July 17 last year. Her husband's licenced revolver was lying by her side. A murder case was registered at Gurgaon. Later, the CBI had taken over the case as was the demand of Geetanjali's parents to the Haryana chief minister.

The CBI has also sought the consent of Heena, cousin of Ravneet Garg, for her lie-detection test. However, she could not appear before the court, as she has been appeaing in examination.

Unique condition for narco analysis

Ravneet Garg has laid down a unique condition for consenting to undergo narco analysis. He demanded that the CBI gave him an undertaking in the court, from some officer of not less than the rank of an SP, that the test would not affect his health adversely.

He added that he had come to know that narco analysis might cause problems related to the brain, heart, eyes, ears and respiratory system. "But the CBI has replied that they have a medical team that conducts narco analysis; and if it considers a person fit, only then it goes ahead. But we are asking for an undertaking," said Vishal Garg Narwana, counsel for Ravneet Garg.

In the narco test, the subject's imagination is neutralised by making him semi-conscious where it becomes difficult for him to lie. A dissolved chemical solution is injected into the subject with a dose depending on the person's sex, age, health and physical condition.

Ravneet Garg had already undergone lie detection test two times earlier (August 21 and September 17).
Geetanjali's parents have been alleging that she was being harassed for dowry and her in-laws are behind the murder. They have doubts against Ravneet's cousin. The CBI has announced a cash award of `5 lakh for any information related to killer.

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