The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special magistrate on Monday allowed the agency to conduct the polygraph test (lie-detection test) of all the 11 accused in the killing of Dalit children in Faridabad.
Two siblings — a nine-month-old girl and a two-year-old boy — were burnt to death at their house at Sunpedh village on October 20 last year. So far, 12 people, including a juvenile, have been arrested in the case.
The CBI had moved an application for conducting the polygraph test of 11 accused in December.
The accused had submitted that they had no objection; after which the court allowed the test on Monday.
Jatinder Kumar, the victims’ father, had claimed that people belonging to the Rajput community had barged into their house at 3am, poured petrol through a window inside the room where he and his wife were sleeping with the two children, and set it ablaze.
The accused, on the other hand, claimed that they were framed as they were witnesses in the murder of three Rajput men, in which 11 Dalits were the accused.
While giving consent to the polygraph test, the accused had demanded that Jatinder Kumar and his wife, Rekha, should also undergo the test to find the truth.
The CBI filed a reply in the case on Monday, requesting for the dismissal of application calling for the complainant’s polygraph test, as it claimed that the case was at a primary stage and the investigating agency was making “all-out efforts” to find out the “real culprits”. The court is yet to take a decision on this application. The next date of hearing is January 18.