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UT to HC: Forensic reports to be drawn up within 15 days

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, July 17, 2014
First Published: 16:47 IST(17/7/2014) | Last Updated: 16:51 IST(17/7/2014)

The Chandigarh administration informed the Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday that after the expected approval of the centre government in the coming days for the new narcotic drug division, the central forensic science laboratory (CFSL), Sector-36, would be able to prepare final reports within 15 days.

The information was submitted before the division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Ajay Tewari by Prerna Puri, additional secretary of home department, Chandigarh.

It was informed that soon sanction from the centre government is expected for three posts for the establishment of narcotic drug division.
During 2013, the CFSL received approximately 4,000 cases and examined 2,727 cases of all disciplines, including under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act from Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir.

The court was informed that the time limit to examine a case depends upon the analysis of a number of samples/exhibits that are actually analysed one by one by the examiner.

It was also submitted that last year, the CFSL had examined 100 NDPS cases of Chandigarh, eight from Punjab and six from Delhi and other states.
As many as 177 cases, including 101 under the NDPS Act, are pending with the laboratory as on June 30 and the tentative goal of the laboratory to dispose of all these cases is December 31.

As of now, there is no separate narcotic drug division in CFSL, Chandigarh, for probing NDPS cases and such cases are being examined by its chemistry division.

It was also informed that recently, the centre government has sanctioned about ? 285 corore under 12th five year plan for the upgradation of existing disciplines as well as establishment of six new divisions for all the six CFSLs at Bhopal, Chandigarh, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Pune. Disposing of the case, the high court granted six months time to the Chandigarh administration to file compliance report.

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