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S Ahmed Ali, TNN Apr 5, 2009, 12.13am IST
MUMBAI: The metropolitan magistrate's court has granted crime branch the permission to conduct brain mapping and lie detector tests on Praveen Vatsa, an accused in the Asha Goel murder case. A police team will take Vatsa to the government forensic lab at Bangalore next week.
Asha, a Canada-based doctor, was found murdered in a flat on Malabar Hill on August 23, 2003. She had come to the city to settle property disputes between her brothers, Subhash and Suresh. Asha wanted to ensure that her third brother, Shekhar, got his dues.
In September 2003, the police arrested one Pradeep Parab, whose interrogation led to the arrest of three more persons-Pawankumar Goenka, Manohar Shinde and Narendra Goel. Narendra was Asha's relative. Vatsa, Narendra's domestic help, was arrested last week after officials found out that he had lied about his employer's whereabouts.
Police believe that Vatsa was part of the murder conspiracy. While Suresh died in 2004, the police have sought Interpol's help to bring in Subhash, who is in Canada.