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Hyderabad lab expresses inability to examine CDs

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  CHANDIGARH, November 15, 2013
First Published: 19:37 IST(15/11/2013) | Last Updated: 00:35 IST(16/11/2013)

The Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Hyderabad, has expressed inability to examine the controversial compact discs (CDs) containing vulgar songs allegedly sung by rap singer Honey Singh because of lack of desired facilities.

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The information was submitted before the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday during the resumed hearing of a petition filed by Honey Singh, seeking quashing of the first information report (FIR) lodged against him at Nawanshahr. The complaint by non-government organisation (NGO) Human Empowerment League of Punjab (HELP) was registered under Section 294 (obscene acts and songs to the annoyance of others in public place) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on May 15.

The high court had on September 26 directed the CFSL, Hyderabad, to examine the CDs in which vulgar songs allegedly sung by Honey Singh, including "Main Hoon Balatkari" (I am a rapist), were recorded, so as to file a report within six weeks.

The letter dated October 30 sent by Y Surya Prasad, assistant director of CFSL, Hyderabad, read, "This is to inform you that it is not possible to accept the exhibits sent in the above case as this laboratory does not have the facility to authenticate/compare the audio and video filed. As such, all exhibits sent vide letter under reference are returned unopened."

The case would now come up for hearing on December 11.

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