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Train firing case: Court rejects railway police’s plea to conduct polygraph, narcoanalysis tests on RPF cop | Mumbai News

The Borivali magistrate court on Friday rejected the Borivali Railway Police’s application seeking to conduct three scientific analysis tests on RPF constable Chetan Singh – who was arrested for shooting four men dead inside a train on July 31 – as part of the investigation into the incident after he refused to give his consent. The court also sent the accused constable to judicial custody.

On Tuesday, the Government Railway Police (GRP) moved an application before the Borivali magistrate court seeking permission to perform brain mapping, narcoanalysis and polygraph tests on Singh, who allegedly killed his senior officer and three passengers on the Jaipur-Mumbai Central Superfast Express.

The GRP claimed that Singh did not cooperate in the investigation and was trying to derail it. Hence, the scientific tests could help yield information that would help the police ascertain the motive behind the crime, collect strong evidence and build a watertight case, it said. In addition, the tests would also help the police identify individuals or organisations, if any, that have influenced Singh’s mind.

The results of these tests cannot be used directly as evidence against an accused in court, but investigators can use the information thus extracted to direct the investigation and collect evidence, a police source said.

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Defense counsel Amit Mishra opposed the police’s application seeking permission for Singh’s scientific tests and said that as per the Supreme Court’s guidelines, these tests cannot be performed on any accused without the person’s consent.

The GRP had produced Chaudhary’s written consent before the court, but when the court asked him about it, the officer said he had not given any consent and that he was not willing to undergo scientific tests. At this, the court rejected the police’s plea.

Chaudhary has been booked on charges of murder, promoting enmity between two communities, and kidnapping in connection with the case.

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