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Five mini forensic labs to speed up probes in Maharashtra

The proposal to set up these five laboratories is at the stage of getting administrative approval

mumbai Updated: Dec 10, 2016 23:19 IST
Kanchan Chaudhari
Kanchan Chaudhari
Hindustan Times
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The government also plans to outsource work to private laboratories.(HT File Photo)

Five mini forensic science laboratories will soon be set up at Thane, Ratnagiri, Solapur, Dhule and Chandrapur to make investigating crimes more efficient.

The proposal to set up these five laboratories is at the stage of getting administrative approval, the Maharashtra government has told the Bombay high court in an affidavit, filed in response to a public interest litigation by NGO Association for Aiding Justice. The NGO’s PIL said there was little compliance with the police reforms as directed by the Supreme Court.

The government’s affidavit also said to cope with the increasing work load, the existing forensic science laboratories are being upgraded and regional labs were set up at Nanded and Kolhapur in the past two years. It said every police unit was provided with a forensic support team for on-the-spot analysis.

The government also plans to outsource work to private laboratories, and a panel has been constituted to consider this. The high power committee, headed by the chief secretary, has sanctioned creating 312 posts to strengthen labs — especially the biology, toxicology, ballistics, general analytics, instrumentation and physics divisions. For pending cases in the psychology, cyber forensics, tape authentication and voice identification divisions, the government has sanctioned 164 new posts for a year starting October 2016.

In May 2016, the state also sanctioned the filling up 8,808 vacant posts, 75% of the existing vacant posts, in the state police force. The office of the Director General of Police (DGP) on November 22 submitted a provisional requisition for filing up 750 posts of police sub-inspectors to the Maharashtra Public Service Commission, through which the recruitment process will be completed.

The HC division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and justice MS Sonak disposed of the PIL saying the 2014 amendments to the Maharashtra Police Act has by and large resolved the NGO’s grievances about non-compliance with the SC directives.


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First Published: Dec 10, 2016 23:19 IST