Hyderabad: A local court today postponed
the hearing to July 20 on CBI’s plea to conduct polygraph and
narco-analysis tests, on the two accused arrested in
connection with the 2007 Mecca Masjid bomb blast case.
The XIV ACMM Court posted the matter for further
hearing after the Prosecution (CBI) sought more time for a
detailed argument on its application for subjecting Devender
Gupta and Lokesh Sharma to the scientific tests.
Denying CBI?s claim that they had agreed to undergo
the proposed polygraph and narco-analysis tests, Gupta and
Sharma had yesterday informed the judge that they had not
given their consent to the CBI for conducting the scientific
The premier investigating agency which has so far
named five persons (all allegedly linked to Hindutva outfits)
as accused in the Mecca Masjid case, brought the duo, who are
also suspects in the Ajmer dargah blast, to Hyderabad on June
17 as part of their investigation.
The CBI, which has already questioned the duo during
their police custody, in its application had claimed that the
two had indicated they were prepared to undergo the tests and
it sought the court?s permission to conduct the tests, after
their consent, stating that it needed to confirm some facts
revealed by suspects which would be helpful in their
Gupta and Sharma are presently under judicial remand
till July 27 at the Chanchalguda Central Prison.