Actress attack case: Memory card's hash value changed three times, says forensic report

Actor Dileep arrives at the Crime Branch office in Kochi (File Photo: PTI)

Kochi: In an important development in the 2017 actress assault case, the State Forensic Science Laboratory, Thiruvananthapuram has submitted the report to Crime Branch after the forensic analysis of the memory card containing visuals of the incident. The forensic examination was sought by the Crime Branch to confirm the illegal access of the memory card as a change was noted in the hash value, suggesting the file has been tampered with.

The report was submitted before the court in a sealed cover. The prosecution got a copy of the reports after the court’s scrutiny.

Now reports have emerged that the memory card's hash value found changed thrice when it was under court’s custody. The change in the memory card's hash value hints that the content was modified as confirming that the evidence was tampered with.

The Crime Branch or the prosecution pointed out in its petition that the memory card and the files contained in it could have been accessed several times, and only a detailed forensic examination can find out when it was accessed the last time.

If the memory card had been opened, then the time code of the same will be available. From this, it can be ascertained from where the card was opened.

Earlier, the joint director of the State Forensic Science Laboratory had revealed that the memory card was opened multiple times illegally between 2017 and 2018. If the visuals of the incident are found to be leaked, then it will be a turning point in the case.

The deadline for concluding the further probe is on July 15. However, if the hash value is changed, then a special probe will be required. Also, in the wake of former DGP R Sreelekha’s comments relating to the case, the probe will likely have that angle too.

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