The complainant girls in the Sonepat sisters’ harassment-cum-thrashing case, Aarti and Pooja, who had voluntarily undergone the lie detector test on December 22 last, have reportedly ‘hidden some relevant information” sought from them by experts during the polygraph test session.
The accused boys — Kuldeep, Mohit and Deepak of Asan village of Rohtak district who had undergone the same test on December 19 — were “almost transparent” in their answers in response to the questions asked from them, police sources said.
Both the accused and complainant girls were taken by the special investigation team (SIT), headed by deputy superintendent of police Yashpal Khatana, after they got a nod from the local court to conduct the test on them.
A senior police officer, who received the report of the polygraph test, told HT, on the condition of anonymity, that along with polygraph test, the accused and complainant girls were also made to undergo Physiological Assessment Test (PAT).
Under fire from the accused and complainants for not parting information on the polygraph test, the police officer said that they had received the first test report on December 31, but the report on PAT was received by them last week only.
“We cannot draw any conclusion on the basis of only one report only, but we have to read both the reports in tandem and make a thorough analysis of the report conducted on the girls and the boys, both of whom have their own stories to tell”, he said.
Notably, the boys under the scanner and nine passengers, who were onboard the bus wherein the incident occurred, had given a written undertaking that the girls actually made the fracas for getting a seat in the bus. However, the girls, who were seen whipping boys with belts in a video clip, maintained that the accused boys had molested them, and passengers were taking their side on the caste base.
The accused come from a Jat family and the girls hail from Bairagi community of the Other Backward Class (OBC).
Sandeep Rathee, counsel of accused, had accused the police of ‘spoiling the prospects’ of one of his clients, Kuldeep, who had to miss his chance to sit in the army’s written test scheduled on February 1. Kuldeep had cleared his physical and medical tests.
Admitting that the police has received the reports of the lie detector and PAT tests, Rohtak SP Shashank Anand said that it was premature to comment on the outcome of these reports.
“The police investigation based on both these reports and other evidence would be submitted before the court on or before March 2, the time limit given to them”, he said.
Raising suspicion on the authenticity of the lie detector test, Attar Singh Panwar, counsel of the complainant girls, said that neither this test was had a foolproof system to detect the truth nor was it admissible in court.
Panwar said that the complainant girls had already expressed their reservation on the validity of this report before the Rohtak SP as several derogatory questions were asked from them.
“Aarti and Pooja had undergone the polygraph test, but even if this report does not support them, there were other clinching evidences to nail the accused in this case”, he added.