Bogged down by the pendency of nearly 3,000 DNA tests and verification of nearly 1,000 audio clips, the Delhi home department has decided to outsource some of the forensic work, said sources.
The backlog is such that even the most high-profile of cases, such as the controversial February 9 event on JNU campus during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised, get affected, said a source.
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“The Delhi government ordered forensic examination of video clippings of the JNU event and samples were sent to Truth Labs in Hyderabad, where it was found that three of the seven video clips of the sloganeering were allegedly doctored. On the other hand, Delhi Police Special Cell is still waiting to get a “final forensic report” on a set of video and audio clippings of the event from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Lodhi Road,” the source added.
According to sources, nearly 12,000 forensic reports are pending. The pending examinations include those of DNA, viscera, ballistics, audios, videos and documents.
Along with outsourcing, the Delhi home department will also hire 150 forensic experts on contract to conduct the tests at the Rohini Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), said sources.
The Rohini FSL gets nearly 50 samples every month from Delhi Police. Recently, nearly 5,000 samples were returned to Delhi Police, who were asked to check the status of the cases. This was done because it came to fore that some cases in which forensic tests were pending had been disposed of by courts, said a source.
Delhi Police send samples for forensic examination to six laboratories — FSL Rohini, CFSL at Lodhi Road, CFSL in Chandigarh, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Gandhinagar.
The Delhi home department has also asked Delhi Police to properly collect samples intended for forensic examination. Improper collection of samples have led to tests being affected, said sources.
The Delhi home department recently sent information brochures to all police stations on how to collect different exhibits.