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CBI petition on Narco test on Jagan adjourned to June 19

Thu 14th Jun 2012 10:19 AM
CBI petition on Narco test on Jagan adjourned to June 19
CBI petition on Narco test on Jagan adjourned to June 19

The CBI special court on Thursday adjourned the hearing on CBI petition seeking permission to conduct Polygraph, Narco and BEAP (Brain Electrical Activation profile) tests on both YSR Congress president and Kadapa MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and his auditor Vijay Sai Reddy to June 19.

The court posted the petition as the counsels of Jagan Mohan Reddy and Vijay Sai Reddy raised serious objection for conducting Narco test on tgheir clients. After hearing the arguments and counter arguments, the special court adjourned the petition to June 19.

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Earlier, the CBI sought permission to subject both Jagan and Vijay Sai Reddy to narco and other tests. The CBI counsel charged that Jagan was not at all cooperative and reluctant to reveal anything despite persistent questioning about his assets.

“Jagan did not reveal any tangible information about the chain of transactions (of the deals that he had struck), the individuals involved and the overseas accounts," the counsel said.

The CBI submitted a memo asserting that 'Jagan is the repository of the entire information, documents and the details of the hawala transactions and he is not revealing any of it."

The CBI further contended that Jagan was cleverly derailing the process of investigation by saying that it was Vijay Sai Reddy who "is in the know of most of the transactions, documents and information."

The CBI memo contended that administering new scientific techniques does not cause any bodily harm and the information extracted by these methods will be used only for strengthening the investigation and such information may not be admitted as evidence at the time of trial. The memo suggested that such scientific tests are a softer option to the "alleged apprehension of third degree methods by the investigators."

Polygraph and BEAP tests are the methods which respectively serve the purpose of lie detection and gauging the subject's familiarity with the information relating to the crime, the memo stated.

However Jagan's counsel Ashok Reddy objected to the plea of the CBI arguing that filing such a petition was strange in view of Supreme Court's ruling that these tests are illegal without consent from the individual concerned.

It was stranger because the CBI's plea for such test on Vijay Sai was dismissed by the CBI court already, he said.