Kochi: The prosecution in the 2017 actress assault case demanded the Kerala High Court that it has to investigate how the hash value of the memory card was changed. The memory card, which is in the custody of the trial court, contains the visuals of the attack that was captured by the offenders.
The prosecution repeated its demand for a fresh forensic study when the court said, quoting the forensic directorate, that only the hash value of the memory card was changed and not that of the visuals.
The lawyer appearing for the survivor expressed concern over the repercussions if anyone else got access to the video or has tampered with the evidence. Justice Bechu Kurian Thomas asked the defence lawyer what was wrong in sending the memory card for a fresh forensic examination.
When the HC inquired over the possible delay in trial, the prosecution assured that the report can be obtained within two to three days.
The report regarding a change in the hash value was submitted to the trial court even before the trial began. However, the court had not informed the prosecution about this. It was during the reinvestigation that the prosecution happened to come across the change in hash value.
The HC was considering the prosecution’s appeal against trial court denying a fresh examination of the memory card and another petition filed by the survivor claiming toppling of reinvestigation. The hearing will continue on Tuesday also. Dileep has also joined as a party in the case.