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Law Commission may recommend narco analysis test ban

Law Commission may recommend narco analysis test ban

New Delhi: The Law Commission of India is likely to recommend a ban on narco analysis test as it violates the basic human rights.

The Law Commission’s report to be tabled before the board next month for approval may suggest revelations made under the influence of the drugs cannot be considered as reliable and violated basic human rights.

The proposed report claims hardened criminals may lie despite being under the influence of drugs. Others may also successfully disguise actual facts.

The report claims several police forces across the world have found narco tests as unreliable means to find truth.

A person familiar with the subject said the report would be submitted to the government after approval by the board members.

The commission, headed by justice A.R. Lakshmanan, took up the issue following a request from the Forensic Science Society of India which had expressed serious concern at the widespread use of narco analyses in police investigation during the past few years. The society claimed such tests have been banned by several countries years ago.

“As of now, no firm opinion has been formed as we are still working on the report," said a senior commission official.

It is not binding on the government to accept the recommendations made by the commission.

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