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Sunanda murder case: Polygraph test conducted on six Tharoor aides
Delhi Police's Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is probing the murder of Sunanda Pushkar, has conducted a polygraph or lie detector test on six people closely associated with her husband and former union minister Shashi Tharoor, Commissioner of Police B.S. Bassi said on Monday.
 
Police sources said the test was conducted on Tharoor's domestic help Narayan Singh, his driver Bajrangi and his friend Sanjay Dewan.
 
This was done after metropolitan magistrate Sunil Kumar Sharma, during in-camera proceedings on May 20, allowed police to conduct the polygraph test on the three people after their consent.
 
Three other people - S.K. Sharma, Vikas Ahlawat and Sunil Takru - have also undergone the lie detector test in connection with the case.
 
"Our investigation is continuing. During investigation, whatever needs to be done will be done. So far, we have already carried out polygraph test on six people. If there is any requirement, we will conduct further tests," Bassi told the media here.
 
"Till the time we conclude our investigation, whatever is required will be done. The reports of the tests have not come yet," he added.
 
The sources said the test was conducted in the presence of the suspects' lawyers.
 
Police had earlier questioned these six people.
 
During the polygraph test, over 100 questions related to some crucial facts, including injuries on Pushkar's body, were asked.
 
All the suspects were asked about Tharoor's relationship with Pushkar and Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar.
 
"During the polygraph test, all the suspects also faced questions related to the IPL controversy, the couple's trip to Dubai, and the constant fights between them," a police officer said on condition of anonymity.
 
Officers privy to the investigation said all the suspects were also asked about the couple's fight a day prior to Sunanda's death.
 
The messages recovered from Sunanda Pushkar's mobile phone were also part of the questions, said the officer.
 
Pushkar, who married Tharoor in 2010, was found dead under mysterious circumstances inside a room at the Leela Palace Hotel in Delhi on January 17, 2014. Police registered a murder case on January 1, 2015.
 
Prior to her death, Pushkar was embroiled in a spat with Pakistani journalist Tarar, whom she accused of stalking her husband.

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Cameron threatened to 'close down' BBC, says editor
BBC's political editor has claimed that Prime Minister David Cameron while campaigning for the May 7 general elections had threatened to "close down" the organisation.
 
Cameron's Conservative Party's war with BBC went up a notch when the premier made the incendiary comments to journalists while travelling on his "battle bus" ahead of the general elections, in which his party won a majority seat in the House of Commons, the Telegraph reported on Monday.
 
BBC's political editor Nick Robinson said he was unsure whether the prime minister was making a "joke or a threat" - but claimed it was seen as "yet another bit of pressure" by BBC employees.
 
The editor said that while travelling on the bus, Cameron "rubbished" a BBC story where the news organisation had claimed the prime minister telling former Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg that the Conservatives would not win a majority, adding, "I'm going to close them (BBC) down after the election."
 
"What really matters is the impact it has on other people. Some people on the bus regarded it funny but they generally did not work for the BBC," Robinson told The Guardian.
 
"The people who did [work for BBC] regarded it as yet another bit of pressure and a sort of sense of 'do not forget who is the boss here'."
 
Senior Conservative figures had earlier accused BBC of being biased in its election coverage.

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Hero Group forays into electronics, plans Rs.500 crore investment
The $5-billion Brijmohan Lall Munjal-led Hero Group on Monday said it has forayed into the electronics sector with the formation of a new company Hero Electronix' and plans to invest Rs.500 crore for the purpose in the next few years.
 
As its first strategic initiative, Hero Electronix will acquire a majority shareholding in Mybox Technologies, the multi-operator manufacturer of set top boxes in the country, the company said in a statement.
 
Mybox is a supplier to marquee DTH and cable operators across India. It is a venture recognized by the government and approved by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research.
 
The decision aligns with the 'Make in India' vision of the government and will help the growth of the sector, further, the statement added.
 
"Hero Electronix will add associated business lines to its portfolio over the next few years and grow the vertical to help India develop a much needed sustainable electronics ecosystem," said Hero Electronix chairman Suman Kant Munjal.
 
"The company has lined up investments of Rs.500 crore in next few years. This will give a huge impetus to the 'Make in India' initiative by helping reduce the imports of electronics into the country," he added.
 
As per the estimates of India Electronic and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the imports of electronics into India currently stand at 65 percent of the overall demand.

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