The state police practice of sending blood samples of accused for routine tests to forensic science laboratories (FSLs) instead of civil hospitals has angered Bombay High Court (HC).
HC asked senior police officers to take note of this issue.
Hearing a case of a sword assault on scrap merchant Bilal Majid in Solapur, justice R C Chavan noted police sent samples of living persons to an FSL and termed the action “unfortunate”.
“In several cases, this court has found that investigating officers routinely send blood samples of accused persons or others who are alive to FSL for grouping that can be done at a local civil hospital,” he said.
The judge said the practice added to the burden of FSLs delaying reports as well as investigation. He also noted FSLs, in some cases, submitted inconclusive reports, creating doubt about prosecution.
“It is time the investigating machinery and higher-ups in the police department realise this problem and issue instructions to all investigating officers to use common sense and have blood grouping done at the local level. FSLs may also think of refusing to accept blood samples of persons alive.”
In the Majid case, an FSL report said blood stains of ‘O’ group were found on clothes of the victim as also on the sword used to attack him.
However, counsel for the accused S G Kudle contended this could be coincidence and there was nothing to prove the victim’s blood group was the same.