RTI activist murder: BJP MLA to undergo lie-detection test

A special CBI court here has allowed the agency to put BJP MLA Dhruv Narayan Singh to lie detection test to ascertain his role in the murder of transparency activist Shehla Masood.

The CBI sources said the agency had sought the court's permission to conduct polygraph test on all suspects including architect Zahida Parvez, Saquib Ali, Saba Farooqui and Dhruv Narayan Singh, in Masood's murder case.

Singh gave his consent before the court today to undergo the polygraph test after which the court permitted the agency to conduct it on him.

The court has already permitted polygraph tests on three other suspects -- Parvez, Ali and Farooqui.

The agency, meanwhile, produced today another accused Irfan before the court, which remanded him to the CBI custody up to March 16.

Irfan was brought here by the Uttar Pradesh police on a production warrant and was produced in the court of Special Judicial Magistrate (CBI), Dr Shubra Singh, after he was formally arrested under section 302 (murder) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) in the Masood case, said CBI lawyer Hemant Shukla.

The central agency had sought his custody for interrogation.

While granting Irfan's custody to the CBI, the court directed it not to "torture" the accused, while and latter was directed to cooperate with investigation. The court also directed the CBI to get him medically examined and submit the report.

Irfan was arrested by the UP police in connection with the Masood murder case and during the investigation he allegedly revealed that it was the Bhopal-based interior designer Zahida Pervez, who had hired him through Saqib Danger for eliminating Shehla.

Irfan allegedly told interrogators that it was Shanu Aulanga who shot Shehla on August 16, 2011 in Bhopal. Aulanga was later killed at Kanpur in an encounter.

The CBI has already arrested Pervez, her close associate Saba Faroqui and Saqib. Another accused, Salim, is still at large.

The court has already allowed the CBI to subject the three accused to a polygraph test.

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