‘There is scope for manipulating the results'
BANGALORE: The Supreme Court judgment holding that forcible use of narco-analysis, brain electrical activation profile (brain mapping) and polygraph test is unconstitutional has been largely welcomed.
Bangalore's Forensic Science Laboratory was a much sought-after place for conducting these tests. The judgment has been hailed as the one protecting the human rights of an individual. However, there are apprehensions over the misuse of the leeway provided for subjects to voluntarily undergo the tests.
The former Director of Tamil Nadu Forensic Science Department P. Chandra Sekharan, who has been against these tests, said they were not only unconstitutional but also illegal and unscientific.
“For eight years, the Government, the police and the lower courts have been silently watching these tests. The Supreme Court should put its foot down and completely ban the use of these tests,” he said.
Advocate Byatha Jagadeesha said these unscientific tests had not been able to reveal the truth. Instead of relying on material investigation, the police were using these tests.
“In some cases, the police have subjected people to narco-analysis three or four times,” he said.
Advocate M.T. Nanaiah, who has questioned narco-analysis tests conducted on Abdul Kareem Telgi, said there was scope for manipulating the results of the tests.
Mr. Nanaiah said the investigation agencies would use coercive tactics to make a person “voluntarily” agree to undergo the tests.