Delhi court asks FSL director to file report on rotten samples
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 19:43
New Delhi: Taking exception to samples rotting in three criminal cases, a Delhi court has directed the head of Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) here to file a detailed report after he failed to come up with a convincing reason.

"The inordinate delay in examination/analysis of samples sent to FSL has come to the notice of this court with results which are disturbing in that the biological samples over the period of time have been found to have putrefied," Additional Sessions Judge R K Gauba said.

FSL Director V K Goyal, who appeared in the court yesterday following the notice, failed to give satisfactory replies on how and why there was always delay in the sending report leading to even rotting of the samples.

"He shall submit a detailed report in this regard, including about the reasons why there was delay in the case at hand which could be avoided," the court said.

The court asked him to file the report till November three, next date of hearing.

Goyal tried to explain before the court by telling it that there was shortage of hands particularly in chemistry and biology departments resulting in matter getting delayed.

He submitted that recent efforts to recruit more hands was expected to produce results wherein he expected to get the pendency clear in near future.

"He also submitted that the priority cases come in the way of disposing cases and further result in delay. He also claimed that sometimes samples are not properly preserved in the hospitals which results in the efforts going waste," the court noted.

The court sought the report from the director after two FSL Scientific Officers who appeared to depose in three different cases testified that the delay in submitting reports could have been avoided.


First Published: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 19:43

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