The SC has ruled that an accused in a criminal case cannot insist on a narco test to prove innocence. Investigating agencies have the right to gather evidence as they can.
On two HC verdicts saying the accused can volunteer, the SC said it will examine those cases.
Seven years ago, the court had ruled that the test can't be forced on an accused.
What is a narco test?
In a narco test, sedatives are given to a person to put them in a hypnotic-like state; it is presumed in such a state, they cannot lie. Specific questions are asked. Results of narco tests can't be used as standalone evidence, only as supportive proof.
The test has given more hits than misses
There have been several instances when narco tests have failed. In the 2004 fake stamp paper case, accused Abdul Karim Telgi claimed during the test that he had made payments to leading politicians.
Then Deputy CM Chhagan Bhujbal had to quit, but his claims could never be verified.