CBI may seek nod for lie-detector test on Kejriwal’s ex-secretary

Sources said Mr Rajendra Kumar has not been forthcoming about the details connected to the case against him.

New Delhi: With the suspended IAS officer and former principal secretary to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Rajendra Kumar, continued to remain evasive during questioning, the CBI is now contemplating conducting a “lie-detection test” on him to get certain specific details pertaining to the corruption case against him. Sources in the CBI alleged that Mr Kumar is not cooperating in the probe.

Sources said Mr Kumar has not been forthcoming about the details connected to the case and the polygraph test (“lie-detector” test) may help establish the truth. “Mr Kumar remained evasive during examination and could not explain some new evidence presented before him by the agency sleuths,” sources said. The agency may conduct a lie-detection test on him, they said. Sources clarified the agency will first need to seek his consent as legal provisions entail that such a test can not be conducted without his permission. The CBI on July 4 arrested Mr Kumar and four others for their alleged involvement in a corruption case. Mr Kumar, sources alleged, emerged as the kingpin of the Rs 50 crore scam.

If Mr Kumar does not give his consent for the lie detection test, then CBI officials will go by the evidence collected by them, sources said.

“The agency is thoroughly examining the statements of certain accused which have been recorded recently. The investigating officials will also compare them with their previous statements,” sources said.


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