MP HC to State: Much has to be done in the field of Forensic Sciences

Alka Verma-

Published On – September 8, 2021, at 15:43 IST

While dealing with a Bail plea, Madhya Pradesh High Court directed the State and Policy makers to consider and make suggestions to establish a Forensic Sciences University in the State.

The Court made the directions while it was dealing with the Bail plea which was filed by an accused under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

The Court also observed that similar directions were made earlier also and a committee was also formed regarding that but no valid results emerged out of it.

Justice Anand Kumar also observed that a large number of cases are pending in the Court because of the late DNA and Ballistic reports.

The Court stated that a lot is still left to be done in the field of Forensic Sciences in the state.

The Court also talked about the importance of technology and said, “When Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Drone Technologies are knocking at the doors, then policy makers or stakeholders cannot place “Rule of Law” or “Adjudication Process” at the mercy of archaic method of investigation and prosecution.

Further, it stated, Police investigation and prosecution in Courts cannot lie at the altar of statement of witnesses alone but it should be based upon scientific way of investigation and Police Officers, Public Prosecutors and Trial Judges ought to be well equipped with the subjects and tools of Forensic Sciences.”

The Court further stated the benefits of establishing the University in the State, like educational prospect, increase job opportunity and much more.

The Court has further requested The Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department and the Principal Secretary, Law to be present in the next hearing which is scheduled on 14 September.

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