December 29, 2005
Extradited Mumbai gangster Abu Salem was today put through 65 questions over a two-hour period during his polygraph (lie detector) test—the first of the three forensic psychology tests he will be subjected to in the Pradeep Jain murder case, at the Forensic Science Laboratory here. Salem was taken to the lab at 1 pm.
Lab director B M Mohan said Salem would be first subjected to a polygraph test. The process began with Mumbai police officials briefing the lab’s forensic psychologist, Dr S Malini, on the Pradeep Jain extortion and murder case. This was followed by preparation of a questionnaire after which Salem was briefed on the nature of the test. The test concluded at 8:30 pm.
Salem will be subjected to a brain-mapping (P-300) test on Thursday, followed by a truth serum (narcoanalysis) test. ‘‘We have been told we are needed for three days,’’ said Salem’s lawyer Ashok Sarogi, who was allowed to witness the test. Sarogi said the forensic psychologist was initially reluctant in carrying out the tests. ‘‘She said she received two threat calls from Mumbai on Tuesday,’’ Salem’s defence lawyer said. Officials associated with the FSL and Salem’s security here denied Sarogi’s claim.
The questionnaire for the polygraph test was confined to the Pradeep Jain case but the tests over the next two days could also involve questions on Salem’s role and knowledge of the Mumbai blasts case, sources said.
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