A local court on Tuesday allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct narco tests on the parents of the teenaged Noida girl who was found murdered in their house in 2008, after it found “no reason for not granting permission”.
“After looking at the CBI’s plea, we do not see any reason for not granting the permission to conduct the narco tests on the parents,” the court order read.
The court noted that it deemed appropriate to grant permission under the current circumstances.
The court, however, directed the CBI to conduct medical examinations to ensure that both parents were fit for being subjected to the narco tests.
“The couple also have sent their consent to the CBI through e-mail. However, the CBI is directed to conduct medical examinations of the parents before conducting the narco tests in view of the father,” the court order added.
The CBI can now get the narco tests conducted on the victim’s parents at Gandhinagar Forensics Lab in Gujarat.
The court earlier on Monday reserved its order on the CBI’s plea for narco tests.
CBI counsel Suresh Batra in an application before the Judicial Magistrate (CBI) Priti Singh, sought that the bureau be allowed to conduct narco tests.
He told the court that after a new CBI team was formed to probe the case, certain “new substantial facts” have surfaced. Therefore, the narco test would be helpful in taking the probe forward.
Though Satish Tamta, counsel of the parents, opposed the CBI plea in court, the father said earlier, “We are ready for any tests. We are OK with it”.
The victim was found with her throat slit and several stab wounds to her face on May 16, 2008 in her parents’ house at Jalvayu Vihar in Noida. Her dentist father was arrested and charged with the murder of his daughter and their domestic servant Hemraj, whose body was found the next day.
The father was released when the CBI failed to file a charge sheet against him within the legally stipulated period. Then a fresh probe was ordered.