Police doubt sting is well-researched
The Uma Khurana sting case will enter a crucial stage, when the high court will sift through the unedited tapes of the operation, reports Ravi Bajpai.Updated: Sep 10, 2007, 01:37 IST
TV channel Live India’s management will probably keep its fingers crossed when the Delhi High Court looks into the unedited tapes of the sting operation on government schoolteacher Uma Khurana on Monday, say the police.
On Friday, the High Court had directed the police to submit before it the raw tapes of the news story aired by the channel. Crime Branch sources say this might be a crucial stage that will decide the direction of the case, especially with regard to more arrests.
The channel may have a case if its raw footage is extensive and proves that there was enough evidence against Khurana to publicly accuse her of pushing schoolgirls into prostitution. But sources say such a scenario seems unlikely, considering that the channel hasn't submitted much to the police. A source said, “Going by the footage Live India has submitted to us, it appears that the sting was not well-researched. There is nothing much more than what they have shown on television. This may not be enough to prove that the sting was carried out for public good.”
The police are also probing whether Uma Khurana’s voice had been fudged in the sting, say sources. From day one, the police have been suspicious of a portion of the sting where the reporter and Khurana are shown as talking over the phone. Their conversation was shown in the form of a graphic, and the police are particularly curious about this bit.
A source said, “Analysis of the voice texture in the sting throws up an interesting fact. Khurana’s voice during the telephonic conversation is quite weird and does not appear to match the other two portions in the sting. The Crime Branch will for the first time get to interrogate Khurana this week and her voice sample may be sent for forensic examination.”