In fresh trouble for former UPA minister Shashi Tharoor, the Congress leader is likely to be asked to undergo a lie-detector test in connection with the Sunanda Pushkar murder probe.
According to sources, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) is likely to move an application in the Patiala House court in the national capital for the polygraph test.
As many as six people have undergone lie-detector test as part of probe in the Sunanda murder muddle. The police have also questioned at least 70 people while 20 mobile phones have been sent for forensic examination.
Notably, the outcomes of a polygraph test are not admissible in the court of law. However, they are believed to be helpful in providing a direction to the investigators in a probe.
Those who have undergone polygraph test in connection with the case include Tharoor’s domestic help Narayan Singh, driver Bajrangi and his friend Sanjay Dewan.
Three other people – SK Sharma, Vikas Ahlawat and Sunil Takru – have also undergone the lie detector test in connection with the case.
During the polygraph test, over 100 questions related to some crucial facts, including injuries on Pushkar’s body, were asked. All the suspects were also asked about Tharoor’s relationship with Pushkar and Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar.
Officers privy to the investigation said all the suspects were also asked about the couple’s fight a day prior to Sunanda’s death. The messages recovered from Sunanda Pushkar’s mobile phone were also part of the questions, said the officer.
Pushkar, who married Tharoor in 2010, was found dead under mysterious circumstances inside a room at the Leela Palace Hotel in Delhi on January 17, 2014. Police registered a murder case on January 1, 2015.
Prior to her death, Pushkar was embroiled in a spat with Pakistani journalist Tarar, whom she accused of stalking her husband.