Actress attack case: Prosecution approaches HC seeking more time to complete further probe

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Kochi: The prosecution has filed a fresh plea in the Kerala High Court seeking three more weeks to complete further probe into the actress attack case. According to reports, the prosecution took the move after the State Forensic Science Laboratory in Thiruvananthapuram reported that the hash value of the memory card which carried the visuals of the attack was changed multiple times.

The State Forensic Science Laboratory in its report on the memory card examination noted that the hash value was changed on July 19, 2021. In the background of this, cloned copy of the memory card submitted before the Angamaly First Class Judicial Magistrate Court on February 5, 2017, should be produced before the trial court. The statement of the forensic expert who examined the memory card also should be recorded. The prosecution in its plea before the High Court requested more time for completing these procedures.

The forensic lab assistant director’s report which revealed the change in hash value of the memory card last year was also handed over to the court. In the plea, the prosecution added that the forensic lab report contained crucial information regarding the case.
Earlier, the forensic lab report revealed that the hash value of the memory card was changed thrice reportedly on January 9, 2018, December 13, 2018, and January 10, 2020.

Meanwhile, the prosecution also pointed out the need to interrogate former jail DGP R Sreelekha over her controversial remarks on the case. It should be examined whether the former IPS official’s revelations will affect the trial in the case.

Amid the new developments related to the case, the prosecution approached the court with a fresh plea as the time granted for further probe will expire on July 15. The plea noted that if the time for further probe is not extended, it will interrupt the probe.

The Kerala High Court ordered for further probe into the case after director Balachandra Kumar turned up with shocking revelations against actor Dileep in the case.

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