The Delhi government is likely to bring Truth Labs on board after failing in two bids inviting agencies for forensic tests, especially DNA cases, said sources. The move took shape following intervention by the Chief Minister’s office after Truth Labs decided to end its association with Delhi government which started in August 2014, the sources added.
In a letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Truth Labs stated it decided to withdraw from the Memorandum of Understanding after completion of existing cases. Incidentally, Delhi government had engaged this forensic science laboratory to know the veracity of the clips from JNU regarding alleged anti-national slogans being raised.
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In the letter to Kejriwal, Dr Gandhi P C Kaza, chairman of Truth Labs, said the laboratory would not be a party to unprofessional, illegal, inhuman and unscientific attitude and actions of people who are “unfortunately presiding over the system of truth”. The letter came after the the government floated the two bids inviting agencies to take up forensic work in the capital. In the communication to the CM, Kaza said Truth Labs had decided to opt out of the bid process.
Truth Labs has objections to the second amended bid, which has done away with categories like NGOs. Truth Labs is an NGO. The latest bid also deleted eligibility criteria like three years’ experience and annual turnover of Rs 1.5 crore. Instead, it stated 4,000 exhibits comprising 100 cases with 10 cases from Ministry of External Affairs for immigration purposes and courts. Truth Labs alleged this was done to benefit someone.
Now, the government has fast-tracked the process of hiring a forensic lab to tackle the backlog and hinted that engaging Truth Labs cannot be ruled out, said sources.
Home Minister Satyendar Jain said, “We invited two bids. No one turned up for the first and the second time, only one came. And, when we visited its facility, it was not up to the mark. We are working on getting a lab on board as we would like to clear the backlog of forensic related cases in a year.”