File photo of a torched bus in the Northeast Delhi riots. (Express photo)

Delhi court has asked senior officers of the Northeast district to ensure integrity of evidence produced in court in Northeast Delhi riots cases, after it came to the court’s notice that videos relied on by the police were not placed on record and, in some cases, not even sent to the forensic science laboratory (FSL).

Additional Sessions Judge Pulastya Pramchala Monday directed the DCP (Northeast) and DCP (Crime) to take all necessary steps, in an expeditious manner, “to ensure that such evidence is produced before the court, without any compromise to their integrity, and after due examination from FSL”.

The matter came to light during the cross examination in a case, when it was realised that a CD purportedly containing video clips of riots, which were relied on by investigating officers particularly for identification of the accused, was not found placed on the record.
The court also called for the records in two other cases in which investigators had relied on the same set of videos. The IO of the case had produced a CD which was not in a sealed condition.
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