NEW DELHI: In a new twist to Sunanda Pushkar murder case, the Delhi Police might move court seeking permission to conduct a lie detector test on her husband and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who has been already questioned thrice in connection with the case.
To carry out a polygraph or a lie detector test, the police need court’s permission. “It can be held only with the permission of the court and Tharoor’s consent,” said a source.
Reacting to this, Tharoor’s office said it has “always said (Tharoor) will cooperate with the probe,” adding that it has so far not received “any official request from the police so for a polygraph test”.
In connection with the case, the sleuths have already conducted polygraph tests on six persons, including Tharoor’s domestic help Narain Singh, driver Bajrangi and family friend Sanjay Dewan, all listed as prime witnesses.
The tests were done after Metropolitan Magistrate Sunil Kumar Sharma, during in-camera proceedings on May 20, gave the nod for same but only with the consent of people in question.
Three other persons - S K Sharma, Vikas Ahlawat and Sunil Takru - had also undergone the lie detector test.
Sunanda, 51, was found dead at a suite in the Leela Palace on January 17 last, a day after she had a spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on Twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Tharoor.
Investigators said they were trying hard to get a breakthrough in the high-profile case and waiting for report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the US to know about the kind of poison found in Sunanda’s body. “The probe is on,” the CBI said.