The special investigation team of Delhi Police probing the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar on January 17 last year has conducted polygraph tests on six people close to her husband, former Union minister Shashi Tharoor.
Tests were conducted, among others, on Tharoor’s domestic help Narayan Singh, driver Bajrangi and friend Sanjay Dewan in the forensic laboratory at CBI’s Lodhi Colony office. Investigators are planning to conduct lie tests on other people too in the coming days, police indicated.
The tests were conducted after metropolitan magistrate Sunil Kumar Sharma, during in-camera proceedings on May 20, allowed the police to conduct them on the three people after their consent. The other three who took the test are S K Sharma, Vikas Ahlawat and Sunil Takru.
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“During investigation, whatever needs to be done will be done. So far, we have already carried out polygraph test on six people. If there is any requirement, we will conduct further tests,” Commissioner BS Bassi said on Monday. “The reports of the tests have not come yet,” he added.
Tharoor has been questioned thrice in this case. Asked whether investigators were planning to subject Tharoor to a polygraph test, Bassi said he would not like to “speculate”. “I would not like to speculate… it is not advisable,” he said.
Sources said the tests were conducted in the presence of the suspects’ lawyers and during the process, over 100 questions related to some crucial facts, including injuries on Pushkar’s body, were asked.
All the suspects were asked about Tharoor’s relationship with Pushkar and Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar. Police had earlier questioned all the six people and confronted them with evidence at their office in Vasant Vihar.
“During the polygraph test, all the suspects also faced questions related to the IPL controversy involving the Kochi team, the couple’s trip to Dubai and the constant arguments between them,” a police source said.
All the suspects were also asked about the couple’s fight a day before Sunanda’s death in a room at the Leela hotel in South Delhi. “The messages recovered from Sunanda Pushkar’s mobile phone were also part of the questions,” a sources added.