In the Shraddha murder case, defendant Aftab Poonawala allegedly confessed to killing his partner in a polygraph test yesterday. Aftab, who not only strangled Shraddha but also cut his body into 35 pieces and discarded them in various places, showed no remorse during the ordeal.
Aftab Poonawala’s polygraph report
The results of a polygraph test are not admissible as evidence in court. However, if the clues help find material evidence, they can be used against the guilty party in court.
Delhi Police have set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to overcome the difficulties. The SIT is headed by South Delhi DCP Chandan Chaudhary and is being supervised by senior officers including Special CP Dr. Sagar Preet Hooda. Since the crime was committed six months ago, the authorities believe that Poonawala has destroyed all evidence. The absence of witnesses has complicated the case.
His narcoanalysis test, the next step in what is generally known as a lie detection procedure, is due December 1. A local court on Tuesday allowed the Delhi police to carry out the drug test, giving it permission to take it to a laboratory in Rohini, Delhi on December 1 and 5.
That test involves the intravenous administration of a drug or ‘truth serum’, such as sodium pentothal, scopolamine and sodium amytal, which puts the person into various stages of anesthesia. In that hypnotic state, the person becomes less inhibited and more likely to divulge information.
undergo a lie-detection procedure
However, the material evidence that it may give rise to can be used in court to prove the allegations. An NDTV report, citing sources, said that Aftab has confessed to the crime to him. Another report claimed that Aftab confessed to dumping Sharddha’s body parts in the jungle and that he had long planned to kill her.
Aftab will now undergo a lie-detection procedure on December 1. A local court on Tuesday allowed the Delhi police to carry out the drug test, giving them permission to take him to a laboratory in Rohini of Delhi on December 1 and 5.
Investigative agencies use it when other evidence does not build a clear case. For example, in this case, the murder was committed in May and the body parts found earlier this month have yet to be confirmed as his; DNA test reports are awaited.
Police obtained court permission, as well as defendant Aaftab’s mandatory consent, for the drug test after they found his answers to be misleading or inconclusive.
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