The petitioners have questioned the narco analysis and other tests such as polygraph and brain mapping on Fr. Patrick Xavier.
The family of Fr. Father Patrick Xavier, a suspect in the murder of a seminary rector in Bangalore, has sought a CBI probe into the investigation into the case.
The Karnataka High Court on Friday ordered issue of notice to the State government in this regard.
Justice A.S. Bopanna passed the order on a petition filed by Maria Das, Susainathan, Sister Francina, and Bernard Raju, who are respectively brothers, sister and father of Fr. Father Patrick Xavier.
The priest is a complainant as well as accused in the murder of Fr. K.J. Thomas (62), rector of the St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary in Bangalore.
The court also permitted Fr. Xavier to be part of the petitions filed by his family.
The petitioners have questioned the narcoanalysis and other tests such as polygraph and brain mapping on Fr. Xavier saying they were conducted in the absence of his voluntary consent as per Supreme Court guidelines.
“The consent affidavits produced before the magistrate was not voluntary. These are drawn and obtained by the Investigating Officer under stressed emotional condition,” the petition said.
Fr. Thomas was found bludgeoned to death in the coffee room in the seminary on the night of April 1 when all the 200 or so students were away on vacation.
It was Fr. Xavier, the procurator at the seminary, who was sleeping in the room next to the rector’s, who called the police.
Source: UCAN News
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