A forensic laboratory will help to speed up the investigation process and trial of cases, says Rajesh Nair
PUDUCHERRY: With the rise in crime rate and the inordinate delay in getting scientific results of tests of samples related to heinous crimes from Forensic Laboratory outside the State, the territorial police propose to start its own laboratory.
For biological and serological tests to gather scientific evidence, especially in cases of murder, rape and suspected deaths, the territorial police was depending on the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Chennai and the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) in Hyderabad.
The two institutes are overburdened with cases from their respective States and the results of samples sent from the territory are getting delayed, according to Inspector- General of Police K. Kishan Kumar.
The last couple of months were more problematic for the police in getting the results as CFSL was carrying out renovation work and the only option left for the police was the FSL in Chennai. Every time a sample was sent for testing to the FSL, the authorities would ask for a non-objection certificate from CFSL, Mr. Kishan Kumar told The Hindu.
This caused undue delay in the investigation of many cases and the subsequent filing of charge sheet in the court, Mr. Kumar said.
The filing of charge sheet in about 15 cases were pending for want of CFSL report, Chhaya Sharma, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Law and Order, said.
The delay in filing the charge sheet makes it convenient for the undertrial to get bail. The maximum period for keeping the accused in judicial custody is from 60 to 90 days, depending on the nature of the crime committed, according to the SSP.
In several cases, the reports were delayed for more than three months and the accused was given bail, she said.
Now the police wanted to speed up the process of establishing FSL in the territory because of the rise in crime and the complex nature of offences that take place. Setting up of the laboratory in Puducherry would also help the police in seeking the expertise of professionals during the course of investigation, packing and transporting of materials.
They could also personally visit the crime spot and assist in the investigation, she said.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had already agreed to the proposal and the territorial administration has given its nod, according to the Inspector-General. The MHA had also sanctioned Rs. 2 crore for buying necessary equipment and putting up the infrastructure for the proposed laboratory, he informed. The police department was of the view that the laboratory could be set up in the new building under construction to house the Orleanpet police station.
The Inspector-General wrote to the Chief Minister on Monday urging him to speed up the process of recruiting the necessary staff.
The recruited technical staff would be given training in various fields of forensic science at the Central Forensic Laboratory in New Delhi, he added.
The setting up of the laboratory would go a long way in speeding up the investigation process and trial of cases in the Union Territory.
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