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Old tech lowering delaying case probes: HC

mumbai Updated: Aug 29, 2012 01:44 IST
HT Correspondent

A centralised fingerprint database should be set up to help investigating agencies in probing cases, the Bombay high court said on Tuesday.

The conviction rate was going down because of the use of out-of-date technology, justice VM Kanade and justice PD Kode held, while hearing the death sentence confirmation of two accused convicted for the rape and murder of a BPO employee in Pune.

The two accused, Purushottam Borade, 26 and Pradeep Kokade, 20, were sentenced to death under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 364 (kidnapping), 376 (rape) and 302 (murder) among others.

Public prosecutor Revati Dhere said that the Forensic Science Laboratory is understaffed and this was why cases took such a long time to process. She stated that they were overburdened with cases. The court, however, held that it was not impossible to improve the system.

The trial court, at the time of conviction in March this year, observed that news of the rape and murder of the BPO employee had sent shockwaves throughout the city of Pune.

Purushottam, a driver with a logistics company, picked up the victim from her home at night on November 1, 2007 to take her to the Wipro office for her night shift. He took her to a secluded field in a nearby village, and raped her along with his accomplice.