MLA to undergo three lie detector tests in Preeti Jain-Madhur Bhandarkar case
Saturday, January 28, 2006:
Gangster-turned-MLA Arun Gulab Gawli, has sought police protection for his visit to Banglore where he will undergo a lie-detector test. Gawli is supposed to undergo the test for confirmation of his role in the case of aspiring actress Preeti Jain, hiring one of the men from the former gangaster’s gang to bump off director Madhur Bhandarkar. Not satisfied with the statement given by Gawli and suspecting the involvement of the MLA in the conspiracy that was being hatched by Preeti Jain in connivance with hireling Naresh Pujari belonging to Gawli gang, the investigating team had sought for various chemical tests so as to get to the bottom of the conspiracy.
Police wanted Gawli to undergo all three – lie detector, `truth serum’ narco-analysis and the brain-mapping tests, but Gawli challenged the decision in Supreme Court. While the apex court waived off the MLA undergoing narco-analysis and brain-mapping tests, it allowed Mumbai police to go ahead with the lie-detector test.
Accordingly, Gawli was to undergo lie-detector test on January 23 at Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), Bangalore. However, the MLA for the reason that he was busy with other court proceedings asked for extension of time. The Mumbai Police has now sought a fresh appointment at Bangalore lab on January 31. According to police when the MLA was informed about reaching Bangalore on January 31 for the test, he wrote back demanding security for his journey and stay in Bangalore.
Quick recap of the case
Preeti Jain was arrested on September 3, 2005 on charges of hiring one Naresh Pujari, an old-time associate of Arun Gawli to eliminate Bhandarkar against whom she had lodged a case of rape early last year. It was Gawli who had complained to Agripada police about the starlet’s plans. The actress was arrested and subsequently after spending a month in custody was released on bail.
However, police has been trying to find out the role played by Gawli in the matter.
The court has not dismissed any possibilities either that of the involvement of the Jain, theory of Madhur Bhandarkar himself having paid money to implicate Jain, the theories about role played by Gawli in the whole matter and of course the story of Jain that police officers have been pressurising her to give a statement so that Gawli could be implicated.
The lie-detector test
The physiological changes such as heartbeat, blood pressure, respiration and electrical resistance (galvanic skin response) are recorded. The theory is that when people lie they get measurably nervous about lying. Heartbeats increase, blood pressure shoots up, breathing rhythm changes, perspiration increases and these changes could be compared with the person’s normal counts to analyse whether he is lying.
A powerful new technology for viewing the brain at work. Using high-speed networks to link an MRI scanner with a supercomputer, they’ve made it possible to convert scan data almost instantaneously into an animated 3-D image showing what parts of the brain “light up” during mental activity.
A person is able to lie by using his imagination. In the narco-analysis test, the subject’s imagination is neutralised by making him semi-conscious. In this state, it becomes difficult for him to lie and his answers would be restricted to facts he is already aware of.