A local court has allowed the special investigation team, which is looking into the November 28 molestation incident aboard a Haryana Roadways bus, to conduct a polygraph test on the victims and the accused.
A polygraph test (popularly referred to as a lie-detector test) measures and records several physiological indices such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration and skin conductivity while the subject is asked to answer a series of questions.
Aarti and Pooja, students of a local government college and natives of Thanakhurd village in Sonepat district, had beaten up Kuldeep, Mohit and Deepak on November 28 for molesting them and the video went viral on the social networking sites.
The police had arrested the accused, all residents of Asan village in Rohtak district, after booking them under Sections 354 (outraging modesty of woman), 323 (causing hurt) and 34 (common intent) of the Indian Penal Code on November 30. A day later they got bail.
A controversy broke out after another video of the girls went viral in which they were seen beating up another boy without any provocation, bringing their molestation claim on November 28 under cloud.
Nine people submitted affidavits in support of the accused terming them innocent and the bus episode was fallout of a seat dispute between the accused and two sisters.
Attar Singh Panwar, the victims’ lawyer, told HT that investigation officer of SIT, Manjeet Singh had sought the consent from the victims to conduct a lie-detector test, to which they agreed.
After SIT sought request from court of judicial magistrate first class (JMIC) Kirti Jain to conduct a polygraph test on five persons — two victims and three accused, it was granted the permission.
Elaborating the importance of polygraph test, Panwar said his clients had also offered to under narco analysis test after ‘fake’ affidavits were filed in support of the accused to prove their allegations, hence they gave their consent. He said the polygraph test would bring out the truth at the outset.
'Conduct lie-detector test on those who gave affidavtis'
The victims’ lawyer, Attar Singh Panwar said his clients also have demanded that a liedetector test be conducted on nine people — claiming to be passenger in the bus in which the incident occurred — who have submitted affidavits in support of the accused. He said submitting a fake affidavit is a cognizable offence and police should register a case against them.
Most of the affidavits were submitted without proper address details of the holders beside other inaccuracies, making them suspicious.
Accused, too, support polygarph test
Sandeep Rathee, lawyer of three accused — Kuldeep, Deepak and Mohit, said his clients have also submitted an application before the court to seek permission for polygraph test to separate truth from lie.
Rathee said the per mission for polygraph test can be given by the competent court only with the consent of the accused and victim. He added that they have faith in the test and hoped that it would end the prevailing confusion regarding the incident.