The Chandigarh police has moved an application before a local court, seeking permission to put the daughter of a high court judge under lie-detection test and her brain mapping in connection with the murder of corporate lawyer Sippy Sidhu, 36. The woman in question was a friend of the victim, who was murdered in a Sector-27 park on September 20.
The application will come up for hearing before a local court on December 14. Sources in the police said the consent of the suspect is a legal requirement for the lie-detection test. In case the suspect refuses it, the test can’t be conducted.
The development is significant as Sippy’s family has been carrying out protests and candle march processions against the delay in solving the case. Sippy’s mother Deepinder Kaur and brother Jippy Sidhu had also met UT administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki and adviser Vijay Dev, seeking justice.
The family was not happy with the police for the manner they had been carrying out the investigations.
The family has been claiming since long that a woman from a high-profile family was the main suspect.
The family had also held a candlelight march in front of the residence of UT inspector general of police (IGP) RP Upadhyaya on November 29.
The CCTV camera footage of the area near the crime scene in Sector 27 shows a hatchback car leaving the spot. A resident of the area to had confirmed seeing a woman speeding off in a car at the same time when Sippy was murdered.
The police had also taken into custody Sippy’s laptop and some documents from his office and house.
The police were yet to unlock the Apple-make mobile phone of the victim, which could have given vital clues to the cops in solving the case.
One of the officials involved in the investigation said unlocking the phone would require expertise of highest level.
The official said the phone got locked after police tried too many wrong passwords in their bid to unlock it. The police are awaiting a report from the CFSL experts.
The police had already questioned the said woman friend of the victim twice. Sources said she had been calling Sippy from borrowed phones and she had been identified by the people who had given their phones to her.
What is brain mapping
Brain mapping is the study of the anatomy and function of the brain and spinal cord through the use of imaging. In the brain mapping test, the suspect is first interviewed and interrogated to find out whether he is concealing any information. The activation of brain for the associated memory is carried out by presenting a list of words to the subject. In the said test there is no way to find out what the lie is or what is the information stored in the brain of the person concerned.
A polygraph machine records the body’s involuntary responses to an examiner’s questions in order to ascertain deceptive behaviour. The test measures physiological data from three or more systems of the human body — generally the respiratory, cardiovascular, and sweat gland systems — but not the voice.