HC: Need for fingerprint database for better quality of probes

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday observed that the use of outdated technology could be hampering the progress of investigations carried out by the police.

Written by Express News Service | Published: August 29, 2012 3:18:36 am

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday observed that the use of outdated technology could be hampering the progress of investigations carried out by the police. The court pointed out that there is a need for a centralised fingerprint database of criminals as the use of scientific technology would improve the quality of investigation.

While hearing the case pertaining to the death confirmation of two cab-drivers who had gang-raped and murdered a BPO employee from Pune in 2007,a division bench of Justice V M Kanade and Justice P D Kode said one of the reason for the rate of conviction going down is the use of old technology.

Public prosecutor Revati Dere told the court that the Forensic Science Laboratory is understaffed and it takes a long time for reports to arrive. She said the laboratory staff is overburdened with numerous cases under investigation. The court,however,said that it is not impossible to change the situation.

Pushottam Borale (26) and Pradeep Kokade (20) had picked up the victim from her home in Pune around 10.15 pm on November 1,2007 in a car sent through the pick-up service engaged by her employer. They took her to Guhane village where they raped and killed her.

Handing out the harshest sentence to the accused,the trial court had observed,“The impact of the crime on the community and particularly women working in night shifts,merits death penalty and none else.”

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