Polygraph test report can be disclosed, after probe: CIC
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.
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.