Sonepat-sisters case: Both parties demand the withheld polygraph test report
In a reply to a Right-To-Information (RTI) query, it was revealed on Thursday that the police received the polygraph test report of the accused and the complainant girls in the 28-November Sonepat molestation-cum-thrashing case, on December 31, but did not share the results.punjab Updated: Feb 14, 2015 00:05 IST
In a reply to a Right-To-Information (RTI) query, it was revealed on Thursday that the police received the polygraph test report of the accused and the complainant girls in the 28-November Sonepat molestation-cum-thrashing case, on December 31, but did not share the results.
Pradeep Malik, the counsel of the accused Asan boys - Kuldeep, Mohit and Deepak - who were arrested for molesting Aarti and Pooja aboard a roadways bus, had filed an RTI seeking the lie-detector test report that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) laboratory has been delaying.
"The response from CBI forensic lab that the reports were sent by them to Rohtak police on December 31, took me aback," said Malik who was suspicious of the Special Investigation Team's (SIT) unwillingness to share the report despite repeated requests from them.
The complainant girls had circulated a 23-minute long video on social video networking site YouTube a week ago, alleging suspicion on the role of SIT headed by deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Yashpal Khatana.
Malik in a press release said the delay in the report of the lie-detector test is causing harm to his client Kuldeep, who had cleared physical and medical tests for the Army but was not allowed to sit for written exam.
Advocate of complainant girls Attar Singh Panwar said the response given by the CBI forensic lab to the RTI query has surprised them and they too want the report to be shared.
Neither senior superintendent of police Shashank Anand nor SIT head DSP Yashpal Khatana could be contacted.
Khaps in disagreement
The efforts put in by khap panchayats and the people to resolve the case suffered a blow after the Hooda and the Dahiya khaps refused to solve their differences over the manner the issue should be resolved.
Head of the Dahiya khap Surender Dahiya, who was entrusted on January 18 to persuade complainant girls to resolve the issue at panchayat level, said the Hooda representatives refused his proposal of coming to Sonepat on February 15.
Dahiya alleged that the Hooda khap fears that the boys would be considered guilty if they come to the girls' village in Sonepat district.
Hooda khap representative Inder Singh Hooda admitted to have received an invitation from the Dahiya khap, but asked for a written proposal, stating that verbal communication has no meaning in panchayat meetings.
However, sources claim that the Dahiya khap wants the accused boys to offer a public apology by coming to the girls' native place, while the Hooda Khap wants the matter to be settled behind closed doors.