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Police still in the dark

WHEN, WHERE, how and why? These are the basic premises of any crime investigation. Ironically, these four words have been confusing authorities investigating the Sanjay Joshi CD case to their wits ends, and until now they have not been able to figure out head or tail of the events of the case.

india Updated: Jan 03, 2006 14:05 IST

WHEN, WHERE, how and why? These are the basic premises of any crime investigation. Ironically, these four words have been confusing authorities investigating the Sanjay Joshi CD case to their wits ends, and until now they have not been able to figure out head or tail of the events of the case.

There has been no breakthrough so far in establishing when the controversial CD was shot, where it was filmed, how the ‘trap’ was laid and why the sting was carried out.

Moreover, the fact that complainant Joshi himself in this case, has not been available for further statements since he first lodged a complaint of being blackmailed through the CD, is not making things any easier for the Crime Investigation Department (CID) here.

The CID, investigating the case, is also trying hard to identify the woman shown in the CD. However, according to well-informed sources, not much headway has been possible in the efforts so far and authorities appear to be clueless about her identity.

Nevertheless, the CID will soon be sending the controversial CD to laboratories at Chandigarh and Hyderabad to ascertain whether the person shown in the CD is actually Sanjay Joshi or it has been morphed.

“We will soon send the CD to laboratories for getting it thoroughly and scientifically checked,’’ CID ADG Vijay Raman told Hindustan Times today.

CID IG M P Dwivedi, who is the investigating officer in the case, said all aspects of the CD would be checked thoroughly during the course of investigations. He added the CID was carrying out the investigations at a fast pace and no stone would be left unturned.

Meanwhile, sources said police would be sending only one copy of the CD, which it possessed, for checking. They maintained that making further copies of the CD might hamper the quality and make it difficult for scientists at the laboratories to establish its originality.

As it is, the police here already feel that the CD they possess is only a copy and most probably not the original. Subsequently, they are quite apprehensive of either making further copies of that copy or checking the CD themselves with the elementary techniques and equipment available with them.

That means the CD would now be sent to two laboratories in turns. The same CD would be first sent to one of the laboratories either at Chandigarh or Hyderabad and once it was thoroughly checked there, the same CD would be sent to the other laboratory.

That process is likely to take a few days as Chandigarh and Hyderabad are in opposite directions and a fair distant apart.

Moreover, sources added the CD has not yet been sent to any laboratory due to the non-availability of experts there, most of them being on leave in view of the festive season. Now, as soon as the CID gets a green signal from any of the laboratories, it would immediately send the CD to ascertain its contents.

First Published: Jan 03, 2006 14:05 IST