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Hi-tech forensic lab to come up near Pune

eHealth BureauThe Union ministry of home affair’s (MHA) directorate of forensic science (DFS) has set the ball rolling for the establishment of a hi-tech Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) on a 25-acre campus at Wadgaon Maval, about 25 kms from here, along the Pune-Mumbai highway, media reports. Apart from the forensic lab, the campus would house the Government Examiner of Questioned Documents (GEQD) unit, which plays a pivotal role in the unravelling of high-profile white collar crimes like hawala transactions and fake stamp papers besides in identification of handwritings on secret documents etc. The existing GEQDs have played a key role in the scrutiny of the fake stamp papers in the multi-crore rupee Abdul Kareem Telgi scam. The CFSL/ GEQD near Pune will be a major boost to investigation of criminal cases referred from Maharashtra and neighbouring states as well as cases referred by the central agencies, experts opined.Under the 11th Five Year Plan, the MHA has made a provision of INR 200 crore for the DFS to implement as many as 26 projects aimed at modernisation of forensic science applications across the country. According to sources consolidated funds worth INR42.60 crore have been set aside for the CFSL/GEQD near Pune and similar facilities in Bhopal and Guwahati, informed sources.

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