With barely enough manpower to examine the growing number of cybercrime and corruption cases filed by the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) and cases of terrorism taking centre stage, a large number of cybercrime, voice sampling and terror cases are still awaiting forensic analysis.
The state Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) at Kalina requires at least 40 officers for new and old technical analysis for the pending cases, said FSL officials.
Overall, the Kalina FSL already had a shortage of 95 staff members, as compared to the sanctioned strength of 356.
The situation in the state is worse with the 211 posts out of the sanctioned 931 continuing to remain vacant, officials said.
“As of now, we have six experts, who have been working on a temporary basis in the Kalina forensic department and have been handling the new and old technical cases related to the cybercrime and voice sampling or the evidence related to terror, which comes from across Maharashtra,” said director, MK Malve, FSL, Kalina.
One of the most important cases currently with the FSL includes analysing the data and computer instruments recovered from Areeb Majeed, the Kalyan youth who left his home to join the ISIS, which was submitted by the National Investigating Agency (NIA).
But owing to the shortage of experts to analyse the case, it will take at least six months to submit the report to NIA, the officials said.
Another case is that of the Mumbai crime branch, which recovered three phones two weeks ago, suspected to be satellite phones from the residence of one of the suspects allegedly working for gangster Ravi Pujari.
The police have sent these phones to the FSL to confirm if they are satellite phones, but owing to staff shortage, this is also pending with the FSL.