Two former ex-forensic experts convicted of falsifying report

Ramesh Sharma,a South Delhi resident,was also convicted of the same offences by the court of Special CBI Judge Kanwal Jeet Arora.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published: October 6, 2013 12:36 am

Two days after the Delhi High Court pulled up the government for the huge pendency and the long period taken by the forensic science laboratory to complete investigation,a CBI special court has convicted two senior officers of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL),Delhi,for submitting a false report to favour an accused in a case.

S C Mittal,former head of the Documents Division,and V K Khanna,former principal scientific officer were on Friday convicted of criminal conspiracy,framing incorrect documents with intent to cause injury,and attempt to commit misconduct.

Ramesh Sharma,a South Delhi resident,was also convicted of the same offences by the court of Special CBI Judge Kanwal Jeet Arora.

According to the prosecution,the CBI had registered the case against the three men in 2005 after it was found that a CFSL report in a property dispute case had been falsified to favour Sharma,the accused in that case.

Sharma had claimed that the signatures on certain property documents did not belong to him. The court had called for forensic analysis of the document and a CFSL official had said the signatures belonged to Sharma. However,Sharma contested this and the court directed the CFSL to form a three-member panel to study the document a second time. According to the prosecution,Mittal,who at the time held the rank of an Additional Director,formed the panel with Khanna,without the permission of CFSL Director and submitted a report in favour of Sharma.

The report was sent to the SHO of Defence Colony police station,who then filed a closure report based on the CFSL findings. However,the then Director of the CFSL intervened before the closure report could be filed before the court,and the CBI registered an FIR against the three men.

“Call records of the phone numbers belonging to Sharma and Mittal indicated that the two had been in touch multiple times,” CBI Special Prosecutor Harish Kumar Gupta told the court.

The three men face imprisonment of up to three years. The court will hear arguments on sentencing on October 11.

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