NIA seeks lie-detector test on Arshi Qureshi

Qureshi, who had earlier been questioned by the Mumbai Police crime branch and sent to judicial custody, was sent to NIA’s custody last week

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: December 6, 2016 5:01 am
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THE NATIONAL Investigation Agency has approached a special court on Monday seeking to conduct a lie-detector test on Arshi Qureshi, guest manager with Islamic Research Foundation, arrested for ‘instigating’ 22 youths to join terror organisation, the Islamic State.

As per Supreme Court directions, NIA produced Qureshi before the special NIA Judge VV Patil after filing an application to seek his consent to undergo the test.

Qureshi told the court he was not ready to undergo the test and alleged that the NIA had ‘psychologically’ tortured him. He said the investigating agency had made him stand for a whole day.

“They did not hit me but inflicted torture on me psychologically. They spoke about my family and said I should be beaten up with a belt. There is too much pressure on me, I do not want to make any confession,” Qureshi said.

The court will decide on his plea on Tuesday.

Qureshi, who had earlier been questioned by the Mumbai police crime branch and sent to judicial custody, was sent to NIA’s custody last week till December 7.

He also submitted an application before court alleging torture by ATS, which will be heard on Wednesday.

Qureshi, Rizwan Khan and Maulana Mohammed Haneef were booked based on a complaint made by Abdul Majid Abdul Kader, the father of one of the youths who has allegedly joined IS.

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