Aftab Amin Poonawalla, the prime accused in the Shraddha Walker murder case, underwent another marathon polygraph test on Friday. But police said the test could not be completed. Aftab’s police custody also ended on Friday and the investigation into the matter is on.
According to officials, the polygraph test, which lasted for about three hours at the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), could not be completed on Friday as Aftab was unwell. Aftab had a marathon polygraph test of about eight hours on Thursday.
Sagar Preet Hooda, IPS, Special Commissioner of Police, Law & Order, Zone II, said, “Polygraph Test of Accused Aftab in Mehrauli Police Station Case FIR No. 659/22 under Section 365/302/201 of IPC could not be done today . ,
He further said that he will undergo a medical examination today. However, the officials at the facility also revealed that they found it difficult to record his statement as he was not well. A report by a team of FSL officers is likely to be submitted to the Delhi Police in a day or two.
According to experts, Aftab had cooperated with the investigators to some extent, but kept evasive to a great extent. If the report smacks of discrepancies then he may undergo narco analysis test. A senior FSL official said that all sessions related to the test including pre, main and post stages of the process have been completed.
The official said, “Our forensic experts will analyze the recording and prepare a report accordingly. If the experts are not satisfied with the report, he (Aftab) can be called again. Based on the result of the report, a decision on conducting will be taken.” Narco analysis which can be done even when sent to judicial custody.”
Many questions related to the Shraddha Walker murder case were asked in the polygraph test. Some of the questions asked at trial were the sequence of events leading up to the murder, the accused’s relationship with Walker, the reason for their strained relationship, the place where he dumped the body parts, the type of weapon, etc.
According to the officer, the purpose of these questions was to probe for discrepancies in his statement. He further said that the results would be handed over to the investigators within two-three days.
Aftab had allegedly strangled his live-in partner Shraddha Walker and cut her body into 35 pieces, then dumped them in the national capital and surrounding areas. Reportedly, he kept it in a 300-litre fridge at his residence in south Delhi’s Mehrauli for about three weeks and threw it after midnight on several days.
Police are yet to locate the skull and rest of the body of the victim as well as the weapon used to mutilate the body.
(with inputs from agencies)