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NIA to get consent of terror suspects for polygraph

The NIA was asked by a Delhi court to get the consent of Mumbai and Kerala-based terrors suspects, alleged aides of David Coleman Headley, for their lie-detection tests in connection with plotting 26/11 attack and other strikes.



New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency
was today asked by a Delhi court to get the consent of Mumbai
and Kerala-based terrors suspects, alleged aides of David
Coleman Headley, for their lie-detection tests in connection
with plotting the Mumbai 26/11 attack and other strikes in
India from 2005 to 2009.

"Since all the accused are from Mumbai and Kerala, let
the Investigation Officer (IO) file on record the willingness
of these persons to undergo the polygraph tests before asking
them to appear in this court to ascertain their willingness,"
District and Sessions Judge S P Garg said.

The NIA, in its plea filed through Superintendent of
Police Swayam Prakash Pani, provided the court the names of
some Indian terror suspects in a sealed envelope and requested
their identities be not revealed.

The move to conduct polygraph (lie detection) tests on
the accused assumed significance as the NIA has recently
secured NBWs against two serving Pakistani Army Majors and
three LeT operatives.

The NIA, in its application, said "the notices may be
issued to the persons (mentioned in the sealed cover) so that
they may be present before this court in an in-camera
proceeding... so that their consent could be sought by the NIA
and, if given, duly recorded by the court".

The probe agency, in the FIR lodged on November 11
last year, has made American of Pakistani origin Headley,
Tawahoor Rana, Canadian national also of Pakistani origin, who
are now in the custody of FBI, Mumbai terror mastermind Hafiz
Sayeed, LeT operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, two
Pakistani officers Major Iqbal and Major Sameer Ali along with
Lashkar operatives Sajid Majid, Syed Abdur Rehman and Illyas
Kashmiri as accused.

The accused are wanted in connection with terror attacks
in Mumbai, Delhi and other places during 2005 to 2009.

PTI

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