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DIG Paraskar refuses voice test after initial nod

Accused by a model of raping her, Paraskar was suspended on August 27. (Source: Express photo) Accused by a model of raping her, Paraskar was suspended on August 27. (Source: Express photo)
Written by Gautam Sandip Mengle | Mumbai | Posted: September 2, 2014 1:15 am

Suspended Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Sunil Paraskar, who had agreed to undergo a layered voice analysis (LVA) in connection with the alleged rape case against him, has now withdrawn his consent to undergo the test, police sources said Monday.

In August this year, the police officer had refused to undergo a lie-detector test saying he had undergone a bypass surgery and it would require him to discontinue his medication. The Crime Branch had later sought permission to subject him to an LVA and Paraskar had agreed. The test was scheduled to be conducted on Monday.

A Crime Branch officer said Monday that last week, Paraskar communicated his refusal to undergo the test.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sadanand Date confirmed the development, adding that Paraskar had cited health grounds for the refusal.

In a letter dated August 7 addressed to the Crime Branch’s Crimes Against Women cell, Paraskar had written, “As regards layered voice analysis, it is not indicated as to when and where this test will be conducted. However, I know how this test is conducted and therefore I’m communicating my willingness to conduct the same at any place convenient and suitable to you.”

However, on Monday, Paraskar’s lawyer Rizwan Merchant said, “We were first under the impression that an LVA means collecting voice samples. However, we only later found out that it involves the same procedure as a lie-detector and polygraph test, which my client cannot undergo due to his health.”

Paraskar was booked by the Malwani police in July this year for alleged sexual exploitation of a model while he was Additional Commissioner of Police (North region) in 2013. The case was subsequently transferred to the Mumbai Police Crime Branch. Paraskar was suspended by the state government on August 27.

gautam.mengle@expressindia.com

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