In a surprising turn of event, the daughter of a Punjab and Haryana high court serving judge and a suspect in the sensational Sukhmanpreet Singh murder case on Friday requested a local court to conduct a lie detection and brain mapping tests on the deceased’s mother and brother.
The UT police had moved an application on December 14, 2015, before the court seeking permission to conduct the brain mapping and lie-detection test on the woman.
Submitting the reply against the application in the court of additional chief judicial magistrate KK Jain, counsel for the judge’s daughter advocate Matvinder Singh requested that appropriate directions should be issued for similar tests to be performed on Deepinder Kaur (mother of the deceased) and Jasman Preet Singh (brother) as it would “expose the bundle of lies having been weaved by them”.
“They have been the perpetrators of a smear campaign which has caused an irreversible harm to the reputation of the noticee, which was built over decades with sheer dint of hardwork, labour and integrity,” read the reply.
She averred that permission for the said tests was not maintainable under the law. Referring to a judgment of the apex court, the counsel added, “No individual should be forcibly subjected to any of the techniques in question, whether in the context of investigation in criminal cases or otherwise. Doing so would amount to an unwarranted intrusion into personal liberty.”
Moreover, the counsel said that in case the court came to the conclusion that the application was maintainable, only then the noticee would be willing to waive off her constitutional rights solely with the intent of clearing her name and purging herself of all the allegations being levelled against her. “She never had feelings of enmity towards Sukhmanpreet alias Sippy. In fact, the news of his tragic demise came as a huge shock to her,” it was stated further. Refuting the allegations of non-cooperation, the counsel submitted the noticee responded to all queries in a transparent and straight forward manner.
“The noticee has steadfastly ignored all the allegations, insinuations, abuses and barbs hurled at her either directly or through social media and maintained a dignified silence with the profound hope that the investigation would expose the actual culprits of the smear campaign,” read the reply. Her counsel prayed to dispose of the application moved by the investigating agency.
Meanwhile, additional district attorney Ashok Rohilla contended the investigating agency had never forced the noticee to give her consent for the aforesaid tests, but at least she should clear her stand that whether she was willing to take the tests or not. Disagreeing to her demand to conduct the same tests on the mother and brother of the deceased, he said these tests couldn’t be performed on the grieved family just due to the request of the suspect, as it was the prerogative of the investigating agency. The next hearing is January 22.
The shooter and lawyer Sukhmanpreet Singh was shot dead at a Sector-27 park on September 21 last year. He hailed from Bathinda, Punjab.