Polygraph test report can be disclosed, after probe: CIC
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Last Updated: Monday, January 25, 2010, 19:49
New Delhi: The reports of lie-detector tests conducted by investigative agencies can be disclosed under the RTI Act once the inquiry gets completed, the Central Information Commission has held.

Information Commissioner Sushma Singh directed the Delhi Police to provide "full report of the Polygraph test of the suspects" to Captain K S Dadhwal who had filed an RTI application seeking the same in a criminal case.

The Delhi Police had refused to disclose the report in their initial reply. Later, they had provided the gist of the test saying that the analysis and evaluation of the Polygrams did not reveal deceptive responses.

Dadhwal then reached the transparency panel which said at the time of seeking information, the investigations might not have completed but now since the inquiry is complete, the polygraph report can be given.

"Now when the investigation is over, the respondents are directed to give the full report of the Polygraph Test of the suspects to the appellant within 15 days of receipt of this order," Singh said in her order.

The lie-detector test or Polygraph test measures different parameters of human body such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, breathing rhythms, body temperature and skin conductivity while the subject is asked and answers a series of questions. It works on the theory that false answers will produce distinctive measurements.


First Published: Monday, January 25, 2010, 19:49

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