Shehla murder: CBI conducts polygraph test on BJP MLA Dhruv Singh

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 14, 2012 14:47 hrs

New Delhi/Indore: The probe in the Shehla Masood murder case intensified today with Dhruv Narayan Singh, a BJP MLA from Madhya Pradesh, being subjected to a lie- detection test after which he refuted allegations of his involvement in the killing.

Singh, MLA from Bhopal, arrived at the Central Forensic Science Laboratory in Delhi with the CBI for his polygraph test at around 11 AM and remained there for nearly three hours.

Emerging out of the laboratory, Singh told reporters that allegations levelled against him by architect Zahida Parvez, an accused in the case, were baseless and that he was innocent.

In Indore, Parvez, who is accused of plotting the murder of the 32-year-old RTI activist, recorded her statement in a closed-door hearing before the Special CBI court of Judicial Magistrate Dr Subhra Singh.

Parvez allegedly conspired the killing of Masood who, she suspected, was getting close to Singh. Parvez is said to have very close relations with the BJP legislator to the extent of being obsessesed with him, CBI sources quoting from a diary seized from her.

Zahida's assistant Saba Farooqui, who is also an accused in the case, however, refused to record her statement.

"Yesterday, Saba had agreed to make a statement under section 164 of CrPC but today she refused recording it. It is up to her whether to make the statement during the proceedings now or later on," senior public prosecutor Hemant Shukla told reporters.

The sources said the BJP MLA was asked several questions related to his purported relationship with Masood and Parvez, besides whether he knew about the murder plan allegedly hatched by the architect.

They said a detailed questionnaire covering these broad topics was prepared by the experts which was put before him. 

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