Manipur HC instructs state govt to fill vacant posts in forensic lab
Imphal: The High Court of Manipur has directed the state government to fill the vacant posts in the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in order to dispose the criminal cases on time.
As per the HC directive order, the state government must fill all vacant posts and submit a report by February 11, 2021.
The HC stated that the delay in submission of forensic reports with substantive evidence has directly impacted the disposal of criminal cases. Moreover, the lack of enough manpower and division officers has delayed the completion of forensic reports resulting in a lot of pending cases.
The directive order was passed by a two-judge bench of the High Court Chief Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and justice A Bimol based on affidavit submitted by the director of Forensic Science Laboratory in the court.
According to the affidavit submitted by the director of forensic science laboratory Dr S Joychandra Singh, one post of Scientific Officer and two posts of Scientific Assistant are vacant in the Chemistry division while two posts of Scientific Assistant are vacant in the Toxicology division.
There are no posts vacant in the ballistics division, and biology and documents division, but a need for increasing manpower to dispose of a huge number of pending cases. The ballistics division director of FSL submitted the proposal to the government to create seven posts of Ballistics Division in 2019, but the matter is pending before the government, it stated.
The affidavit of the director of FSL also stated that the total number of pending cases in the Laboratory has been reduced from 2,288 cases with 56,242 exhibits in 2017 to 1,726 with 54,492 exhibits in November 2020. It further said that case disposal rate in 2020 is much lower than earlier due to COVID-19 pandemic and repairing of the building.
According to reports, the director of FSL submitted the affidavit following the High Court instruction in connection with the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by RK Joysana through his counsel M Hemchandra on the deplorable conditions of FSL, Pangei, in 2017.