NIA Gets Court Approval for Salwinder’s Polygraph Test


New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday got the approval of court for conducting lie detector test on Gurdaspur Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh, who is under scanner over discrepancies in his statements regarding his visit to the holy shrine.

The test would be done in connection with Singh’s suspected role in helping the terrorists who attacked an Indian Air Force base in Punjab’s Pathankot town.

The development comes days after MHA permitted NIA, probing the said attack case, to a Narco test on Singh.

Sources said Singh, who has been brought to the NIA headquarters here, was on the agency’s radar since the day it took over the Pathankot terror attack probe from Punjab Police.

Singh claimed that he, along with his friend Rajesh Verma and cook Madan Gopal, was abducted by four or five heavily-armed terrorists near the state’s Kolia village.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, last week, took stock of the January 2 Pathankot terror strike at a meeting, discussing the “take-aways” from the incident.

The ministers appreciated the work done by the intelligence agencies in giving advance warning of the attack in effectively meeting the challenge and minimising the possible damage, an official statement later said.

The two ministers also appreciated the bravery shown by the security forces in the incident and paid homage to those who sacrificed their lives during the entire operation of clearing the Pathankot airbase.

Six terrorists, suspected to be from Pakistan, and seven security personnel were killed in the attack on the Pathankot air base, according to officials.