city anchor: All other grilling techniques fail,CBI looks at psychoanalysis tests

After sustained interrogation and polygraphy tests,the Central Bureau of Investigation is contemplating subjecting three Urban Development Department officials — who are accused in the Adarsh society missing papers case — to psychoanalysis tests.

Written by Sukanya Shetty | Published: October 12, 2012 4:20:20 am

After sustained interrogation and polygraphy tests,the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is contemplating subjecting three Urban Development Department (UDD) officials — who are accused in the Adarsh society missing papers case — to psychoanalysis tests.

UDD Desk Officer Gurudatt Wajpe,Assistant Town Planner Nandkumar Narvekar and Waman Rawool,then clerk to UDD Principal Secretary have been accused of misplacing a few important file notings from the department that were crucial in the Adarsh society scam.

With the help of a psychologist from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory in New Delhi,the agency plans to conduct psychoanalysis tests on the three. “They have not revealed anything in particular. Polygraph test also did not yield anything consequential. Once we receive a nod from the headquarters in New Delhi,we will summon them for tests,” said a senior CBI official.

As part of the psycho-analysis test,the officials would be asked questions in the presence of a psychologist,and every move and behaviour would be monitored. “The experts are trained to read the subject. Although not full-proof,this test — adopted by the CBI only in the recent past — has proved to be extremely effective,” said an official. He added that like polygraph and narco-analysis,this test would also not be admissible in court but will aid the investigation.

Under pressure,the CBI had arrested the trio last May. Along with the main Adarsh society scam involving over 15 accused,including former CM Ashok Chavan,Army officials and bureaucrats,the missing papers case was also handed over to the CBI.

Although the CBI acted upon the missing papers case before the main Adarsh case,it has not filed any chargesheet yet. In fact,all three persons were let off on bail on completion of 60 days in custody under one of the mandatory provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

An official explained,“The file from which these crucial notings went missing is from 2003. It was handled by dozens of UDD officials. Soon after the case was handed over to us,we managed to recover fingerprints from the file,only to realise that the file was changed and papers were shifted into a new file in 2009. Our effort was rendered useless.”

Although CBI officials concede that they have hit a roadblock,senior officials are hopeful that once they get a lead,the case can be solved. Closing the case is not being considering at present,they said.

While the missing papers probe was initially conducted by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch,the CBI was handed over the case by the Bombay High Court on February 17 last year. The CBI had claimed that the missing papers allegedly contained important information on the deletion of the width of Captain Prakash Pethe Marg at Colaba and the Coastal Regulation Zone clearance given to the land on which Adarsh society stands.

The relevant file pertaining to the society moved in different departments between 1999 and 2003. While the file was sent to the record room in August 2003,the CBI had claimed that it was moved and was missing for a few years. The CBI said Rawool,a clerk for Unit 12 (handling the Adarsh society) of the UDD,was authorised to monitor the files that moved from the desk. It said he misplaced the papers from the file. Narvekar was aware that some pages of the file were missing but did not bring it to anybody’s notice,the agency said.

Rawool’s role was examined as he could have allegedly aided other “influential accused” in tampering with the files,CBI sources said. However,they added that there is no witness or circumstantial evidence to build the case.

On November 1,2010,at the instance of Wajpe,a clerk again searched the cupboard and the file had appeared without the notesheets. As many as 10 crucial pages were allegedly extracted from the file.

All three officials were under suspension following their arrest. However,Wajpe and Narvekar have recently been reinstated after they approached the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal.

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