One thing that is apparently missing from the investigation process of law enforcement agencies of India is the cyber forensics and cyber crimes investigation capabilities. In the past, investigative blunders were committed by the law enforcement agencies of India during Aarushi murder case, Nokia’s case, IPL match fixing case, etc. This is happening as there are no cyber forensics best practices in India that our law enforcement agencies can follow.
Recently the bail request of Tarun Tejpal was refused by the court while the digital evidence gathering is pending. DNA India has reported that the Goa police are expected to sum up their investigations in the sexual assault case allegedly involving Tehelka founder editor Tarun Tejpal and file a charge sheet by this month end.
The police are waiting for the forensic report of the gadgets seized from Tejpal. The crime branch during its investigation had seized gadgets like mobile, laptop of Tejpal which were used to communicate, after the alleged offence took place.
The crime branch officials expect to file a “water tight” case against Tejpal, who is currently lodged in Sada sub jail after the local court rejected his bail and continued with the judicial custody.
The digital evidence would play a crucial role to prove guilt or innocence of Tejpal. There is no doubt that the defence lawyer would consider the digital evidence in full detail and prosecution cannot afford to take the same lightly.