June 01, 2018 04:36 PM

Chandigarh (Subhash Jindal)

Punjab and Haryana Highcourt notice to Haryana in PIL seeking divestment of control of Haryana Forensic Science Laboratory, Madhuman from Police department: 

HC Bench comprising ACJ and Justice T.S. Dhindsa today issued notices for 3.8.2018 to State of Haryana, Its Home Secretary, DGP, Haryana and Director of Haryana Forensic Science Laboratory, Madhuman, in a PIL filed by Advocate Pawan Pareek of Sirsa, seeking directions to State of Haryana for divestment of control of Haryana Forensic Science Laboratory, Madhuman from Police department, and for placing it under the direct control of Home Department, so that autonomy and independence of the Laboratory at Madhuban, and Regional FSLs at Bhondasi (Gurgaon) and Sunarian (Rohtak) may be maintained.

The petitioner has stated in the PIL that a Core Group appointed by National Human Rights Commission had made recommendations , which were accepted by the latter, and forwarded to Union Ministry of Home Affairs, for taking appropriate action.

The Union Home Ministry had then asked the State Governments to take steps for ensuring independence and autonomy of Forensic Labs. Various States, including Punjab, H.P., Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra etc, have set up “State Forensic Science Development Board” and divested the Police department of the control of Forensic Science Laboratories. However, in Haryana, the administrative control of Forensic Science Labotaries is still under Police department, and SSP is Director of Forensic Laboratory, Madhuban.

Leveling serious allegations against Police for interference in the functioning of FSLs, the petitioner has stated that officials/scientists of DSLs are not allowed to discharge their functions independently. Even on preparation of the report, the staff is not in a position to send such report to the Investigation Officer concerned, as that would annoy the officers of the Police Department. Many times, it is seen that the reports of Forensic Science Laboratory are not collected by the police officers deliberately, so as to adversely affect the outcome of the criminal cases before whom such report was to be produced.  

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