Pendency in cases at Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) is not acceptable : LG
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
• Pendency in cases at Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) is not acceptable : LG
• LG instructs officials to submit a list of pending cases with projected time of disposal – will personally monitor
The Lt. Governor Shir V.K. Saxena today reviewed the functioning and progress of works undertaken by the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL). Expressing concern over the number of pending cases, which amounted to more than 20,000, that were yet to be reported, he directed officials to take all necessary steps in terms of manpower and technological upgradation to appropriately dispose of the same in a time-bound manner.
Shri Saxena took exception to various technical posts lying vacant and issued strict instructions to fill them at the earliest. He directed that retired technical personnel from similar agencies/organizations should be re-employed immediately as an interim and temporary measure to ensure that pending cases are disposed and reported. He urged the FSL to look at itself from a different perspective of not just being another government department but as an agency upon which, not only the delivery of justice but thousands of lives depended as well.
Reiterating that they will have to undertake work of disposing cases on a war-footing, the LG told the officials to rise up their responsibility and ensure that human lives whose future depended on the evidence provided by them are not short-changed. To this effect, he directed that all SOPs and processes are meticulously followed and ordered for putting in place technology enabled automated systems that minimized human interface.
Stressing that he would personally monitor the progress of disposal of pending cases, the LG asked for a comprehensive list of cases that were pending with the date of submission and the expected date of disposal mentioned against each case. Upon being informed that much delay also happened because of final reports not being received by the Police, he assured that, he will take up the matter and get it sorted at the earliest in his meeting with the Chief Secretary and the Commissioner of Police.
Exhorting the FSL to attain excellence and emerge as a reputable resource hub in the field of Forensic Sciences, Shri Saxena instructed developing training modules for police personnel at various levels and serve as a Centre for providing quality internship to students of Forensic Sciences from different universities/institutions across the country. Stressing on linkages that would strengthen the institution, Shri Saxena advised the authorities to tie-up with institutions of repute like IIT-Delhi and the National Forensic Science University, Ahmedabad amongst others. This, he said would not only help FSL, Delhi emerge as repository with quality but would also help it gain from the latest technical expertise required in dealing with cases involving Cyber Forensics. He also instructed that the possibility of collaboration and tie-ups with similar institutions in the SAARC and ASEAN countries also be explored.
Shri Saxena advised the FSL to undertake activities like offering its expertise to the people and industry with an aim of generating internal resources and achieving self-sustainability.
Those present in the meeting included the Chief Secretary, the Home Secretary, Delhi and Director FSL apart from others.