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Law officers should update forensic knowledge: Expert

THE USE of advance science had helped the common man, but it had been misused by criminals. They were operating their organisations from jails, said the director of Judicial Officers' Training and Research Institute, Ved Prakash, while addressing the concluding ceremony of six-day national training programme of forensic scientists, at State FSL here.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2006 00:03 IST

THE USE of advance science had helped the common man, but it had been misused by criminals. They were operating their organisations from jails, said the director of Judicial Officers' Training and Research Institute, Ved Prakash, while addressing the concluding ceremony of six-day national training programme of forensic scientists, at State FSL here.

He asked the FSL scientists, police officers and judges to organise seminars time to time to upgrade their knowledge, because they were the part of the judicial system and they must get the updated knowledge.

Prakash said that in India only 4 to 5 per cent cases got clear evidential report from FSL on which the judges gave convictions, but in developed countries like the United States of America and the United Kingdom, the judges gave clear and perfect judgement based on FSL reports.

He asked the participants to improve the scientific methods of investigation instead of relying on testimonial evidences like eyewitness. The director of Central Forensic Laboratory Hyderabad, S K Shukla, stressed that the coming age was of cyber crime. Cyber crimes to the tune of lakhs took place every day. This could turn into crores soon, he warned.

He asked the scientists to prepare precautionary steps and to develop new investigative methods to control cyber crimes. Shukla was distressed to find that the investigation methods of various FSLs situated were not uniform. He was also amazed to inform that various state FSLs did not perform even the basic works in their labs.

He asked the police department to bring changes in the police manuals. The presences of FSL scientists should be made mandatory on the scene of crime, especially in the 11 heinous crimes like murder and rape.He also advocated autonomy for the FSLs and also proper salary and increments to the staff. The coordinator of training, Raj Shrivastava, said that 30 scientists including six investigation officers participated in the training.

First Published: Jan 23, 2006 00:03 IST