The Delhi High Court on Monday extended the stay on a lower court order here allowing the Delhi police to conduct a narco-analysis test on Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy.

Justice Indermeet Kaur extended the stay after counsel for the Delhi police sought more time to file a report on the state of investigation of the charges against the Maoist leader. The stay will continue till February 1, 2010, the next date of hearing.

Ghandy has challenged the lower court order saying that it is unlawful as the police have not taken prior permission from his client to undergo the test.

His argument is that that an accused could not be compelled to self-incriminate.

The trial court had on October 31 allowed the Delhi police to conduct the test on Ghandy allowing the submission by them that they had to conduct the test to get vital information from him as so far he had not told them much about his activities.

The trial court had seen the medical report submitted by the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences declaring Ghandy fit to undergo the test before passing the order.

The Special Cell of the Delhi police had arrested Ghandy in the Capital in September.

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