FSL pulled up for ‘incompetent’ officers, delay in submitting reports

Court was hearing the case of a 15-year-old raped in a moving car in 2010. The accused hit her on the back, paralysing her waist downward

Irked over non-availability of competent forensic experts for conducting DNA examination, a Delhi court has directed a Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) to conduct the test again on an accused in a gangrape of a minor girl in a moving car in 2010. The girl died last year.

The court's order came after the prosecutor submitted that the expert who had conducted the DNA/fingerprint examination in the case was "not a competent officer" as per the National

Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) norms.

Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau noted that in the DNA report of the experts of Rohini-based FSL, it was stated that DNA could not be isolated from the forensic sample.

The court was hearing a case in which one Hitesh was accused of kidnapping and raping a

15-year-old girl with the help of one Sunil, in a moving car on March 19, 2010 at Bawana in Northwest Delhi.

When she put up a fight, police said, Hitesh had hit her hard on the back. This led to immediate paralysis waist downward.

Sunil was on the run since then and was arrested in September. He was caught by police in another gangrape case this year in which he had allegedly adopted a similar modus operandi of kidnapping and then raping the victim in a moving car in Northwest Delhi.

The court said as Sunil had been arrested, his samples should also be sent for DNA examination.

The judge said, "Keeping in view the fact that proclaimed offender Sunil has been apprehended, the source material is again required to be sent to the FSL, Rohini for fresh DNA/fingerprint examination to which defence counsel has no objection."

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