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31st August 2022 (6 Topics)

Delhi Police first force to make forensic probe mandatory


Delhi Police has become the first police force in the country to make collection of forensic evidence mandatory in crimes punishable by more than six years.


About the new order:

Delhi Police Commissioner issued a “standard order” to all police units:

  • In order to take conviction rate higher and integrate the criminal justice system with forensic science investigation, it has been decided to use forensic tools mandatorily in all cases where punishment provided is more than six years.
  • The Delhi police force has its own ‘mobile crime team van’ in each district and in addition to that, one ‘forensic mobile van' shall be allotted to each district to provide scientific and forensic assistance on the spot whenever any need arises.
  • These forensic mobile vans shall not be under the administrative control of the police but shall be an independent entity responsible to the court of law.
  • However, they shall visit the scene of crime whenever called by the Station House Officer or any other investigating agency of Delhi Police.

Forensic evidence is evidence obtained by scientific methods such as ballistics, blood test, and DNA test and used in court.

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