1984 riots: Court directs to provide security to Abhishek Verma

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New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) A court here on Wednesday directed Delhi Police to provide round-the- -clock security to arms dealer Abhishek Verma, who is a witness in the 1984 anti-Sikh protests and has to undergo a lie detector test.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Shivali Sharma’s order came after Verma told her that he is ready for the polygraph test if he is provided adequate security.

Directing police to provide 24-hour security to Verma till the his polygraph test is conducted, the court said it will consider further security cover to him after his test.

The court also recorded the statement of Verma separately for his consent on polygraph test.

Asking the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to submit the list of hospitals in the national capital where the lie detector test can be done, the court listed the matter for August 1 for further hearing.

Verma had told court that he apprehended a serious threat to his life as well as that of his wife and mother.

Advocate Kamna Vohra, who represented riot victims, has also told the court that Verma must be given security round-the-clock till his lie detection test is conducted.

The court was hearing the CBI plea for permission for conducting lie detector tests on Congress leader Jagdish Tytler and Verma in connection with the case in which the Congress leader is accused of leading a mob in Pul Bangash area in 1984 that led to the killing of three Sikhs.

Tytler has refused to undergo a lie-detection test.

The agency’s move came after Verma’s accusation that Tytler influenced witness Surender Singh through money and by promising to send his son Narender Singh to Canada.

The CBI had earlier given a clean chit to Tytler in the case but reopened the investigation following a December 4, 2015 court order in the wake of Verma’s allegation.

The court had also directed the agency to find out whether Verma’s statement was authentic.

In September 2016, the agency filed its investigation report in the case, which would also be heard on the next date of hearing.

–IANS

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