Monica Dagar murder case: Delhi HC allows lie-detector test

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday allowed the police to conduct a lie-detector test on the family members of Sahibabad girl Monika Dagar, who was allegedly killed for honour for marrying against the wishes of her family.

A bench headed by Justices S K Kaul and Ajit Bharihoke said the CBI should take expeditious steps to conduct the test as pleaded by the Uttar Pradesh Police.

The court, however, turned down the plea of narco-analysis test, which was sought by her husband Gaurav Saini's counsel and said it is monitoring the case and a decision will be taken at an appropriate time.

The UP police informed the court that it had arrested Monica's brother Nitin on December 19 last and investigation in the case is going on.

The bench had on November 17 last year sought response of UP police and Home Secretary as to why the charge of murder was not framed against the girl's family member as the case prima facie seemed be that of honour killing.

Earlier, the Sahibabad Police had registered a kidnapping case in the matter on a complaint by Monika's brother. In the complaint, Dagar’s brother alleged his sister was taken to an undisclosed place by Delhi-resident Saini and his friends after abducting her.

The UP police had later recovered the girl from Saini's house in the national capital. After getting her medically examined and recording her statement before a magistrate, the police had handed over Monika to her mother and brother despite the fact that she was a major.

Saini moved the High Court after being granted bail. On his petition, the Court had asked the Sahibabad Police to produce the girl.

However, on the very next day of the issuance of the court direction, the girl died and was cremated the following day without being examined by any doctor.