HC dismisses plea of convicts to provide true DNA report
Justice <g data-gr-id="30">Indermeet</g> Kaur also pulled up the convicts’ lawyer over the prayer made in the petition that the CBI be directed to provide true photos of the articles used for DNA test and true copies of the slides of the test.
“How can CBI be directed? I am not aware of any laboratory belonging to any of the investigating agency. As per you, the reports in the case were prepared by the local police station,” the Bench <g data-gr-id="29">observed,</g> and added “why don’t you go to the police station concerned?”
Terming the convicts’ plea as ridiculous, the court asked the counsel to withdraw the petition saying else it will dismiss it.
Since the lawyer refused to withdraw the matter, the court finally dismissed it.
Convicts Mukesh and Pawan Gupta had approached the High Court through their counsel M L Sharma saying the DNA test was conducted in CBI’s scientific laboratory and true photo of the articles used for the test was not given to the accused and also not filed in the trial court as well as in the High Court during the appeal. It had asked the court to direct CBI to provide true copies of articles used for DNA reports to them to advance their arguments in the Supreme Court in their appeals against their conviction and death sentence.
“True photo of the articles used for DNA test coupled with the true copy of the slide of the DNA test of each DNA report is required by the petitioner to ascertain and justify their defense to get justice,” the plea said.
The trial court had awarded death sentence to them and the High Court had upheld it on March 13, 2014.