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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Saroj Sethi, who kicked off a major controversy by making cash for crime allegations against SIT chief Arun Bothra in the sensational 'Pari' rape and murder case, continued to be interrogated while the investigating agency has reportedly conducted polygraph test of his family members.

Sethi's family members including his mother and sister today informed to have undergone a polygraph test. All the three members of the family were picked for questioning in the case on Saturday.

On Thursday, Sethi had alleged that that the police was trying to use him as an alibi to ‘fix’ him in the crime which he never committed. He alleged that the intention of the police was to somehow manage a breakthrough in the case with a view to save their image in the face of the massive public outcry.

Following such allegations, Odisha Police issued a clarification and termed Sethi's allegations as 'baseless'.

The Odisha police, in the press note, said, “The SIT has been diligently working out clues and a large number of people have been examined in the process. Moreover, significant progress has been made and the entire village has extended cooperation in the investigation.”

It continued, “However, such unfounded allegation by one person has been used to cast aspersions on the investigation agency. It may end up demotivating officers who are sincerely working to unearth the truth. It is both unfortunate and unethical,” the press note read.

(Edited By Pradeep Singh)

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