The special MCOCA court rejected the prosecution's request to conduct a narco-analysis on reporter Jigna Vora who is the eleventh accused in the J Dey murder case yesterday. The police claimed that Vora was not co-operating with the investigators, and sought a narco-analysis test to determine if Vora was speaking the truth. She had been changing her statement and gave different versions each time.
"Vora's statement was recorded thrice, but she gave contradictory statements every time. Paulson Joseph had provided her with a SIM card, which she used to make calls. But when the police asked about this particular phone, she initially stated that the phone was lost. Later, she said that it was sold," said public prosecutor Dilip Shah.
However, Vora's lawyer argued that her client has expressed unwillingness to undergo the narco test following which designated MCOCA judge S M Modak rejected the plea.
An accused cannot be subjected to a narco test without his/her consent as it amounted to testimonial compulsion and violated Articles 20 (3) and 21 of the Constitution.
Shah sought an eight-day extension in the remand application stating that Vora claimed to have sold her cellphone, and the police wanted to find out who had purchased the phone.
The court however extended her police custody till December 5, and also granted the crime branch the police custody of Joseph who is the tenth accused arrested in the murder case.