The Supreme Court of India has ruled that the forcible administration of
truth drugs ("narco analysis") and "lie detector" tests to suspects by
and that the results themselves may not be used as evidence in court. In
its very clear
the three-judge bench (K.G. Balakrishnan, R.V. Raveendran, and J.M.
Panchal) observed that, apart from infringing upon personal liberty and
the constitutional right against self-incrimination, the
scientific validity of of the impugned techniques has been
In other words, if you want to use Veritaserum, you know where to find
Of course, this is seen as a “major blow” to law enforcement
agencies, who are understandably upset about the prospect of having to
do some actual investigating for a change.
Pre-marital sex is fine, though
the court (K.G. Balakrishnan, Deepak Verma, B.S. Chauhan) dismissed the
23 ridiculous defamation complaints filed against Tamil actress Khushboo
(for allegedly “endorsing pre-marital sex”), which the
Madras High Court had inexpicably allowed to proceed to that point.
widespread consternation with their entirely unsurprising observation
that consenting adults may choose to “live together” (and,
presumably, have sex) without causing any offence under the law.
How does it concern you? We are not bothered. At the most it is a
personal view. How is it an offence? Under which provision of the
law? the bench asked the counsel. […]
How many homes have been affected can you tell us, the
Bench asked while enquiring whether the complainants had daughters. When
the response was in the negative, they shot back,
Then, how are
you adversely affected?
I wish I'd been there to see the look on the plaintiffs' faces!