Pathankot attack: NIA gets court nod for lie-detector test on Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh
New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) probing the Pathankot terror attack was today allowed by a Special Court to conduct a lie-detector test on senior Punjab Police officer Salwinder Singh in connection with the probe.
The NIA team along with Salwinder came to the court of District Judge Amarnath and moved an application seeking court's permission to conduct the lie-detector test on him.
According to court sources, during in-chamber proceedings, the NIA told the judge that there were "inconsistencies" in the statements of Salwinder during questioning so they may be permitted to conduct the test on him.
The sources said that Salwinder has given his consent to undergo the test before the judge.
The court, while allowing NIA's application, directed the agency to get the lie-detector test within three days.
Salwinder, who is at present posted as Assistant Commandant with 75th battalion of Punjab Armed Police, was shunted barely few days before the January one-two terror strike as Superintendent of Police (headquarters) of Gurdaspur and faces charges of breach of discipline.
Salwinder said his car was hijacked by terrorists before they entered the Pathankot IAF base on the intervening night of December 31 and January one.
He had claimed he was kidnapped by the terrorists after his visit to the shrine and later let off as they did not know his identity.
Six terrorists were killed in a counter-operation by Indian forces at the athankot air base that lasted for about three days and also claimed the lives of seven security personnel.
(With PTI inputs)