National Seminar on Effective Utilization of Forensic Science | Truthlabs – Brief profile

Truthlabs – Brief profile

Forensic Science is a conglomeration of several branches of knowledge including natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, technology, medicine, linguistics and arts, that helps in analysis of physical evidence, also known as material evidence or objective evidence or direct evidence collected from all possible sources such as crime scene, victims, suspects and other associated people and places. As technology keeps evolving newer forms of organised crimes, financial frauds, human trafficking, drug trafficking, cyber threats, cyber-attacks, cyber activism, ransomware, data breaches etc. are committed by modern criminals making it imperative to constantly upgrade and adopt appropriate methods of investigation by the police and corresponding modern tools and techniques by forensic scientists to effectively assist and uphold truth in quick and quality delivery of justice is paramount.

Truth Labs, an independent forensic science laboratory, set up for the first time in India in a not for profit mode at Hyderabad in 2007, under the mentorship of Justice M N Venkatachalaiah, Justice M Jagannadha Rao and other stalwarts, was inaugurated by the then Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court, Justice G S Singhvi in the presence of distinguished guests including its founder, Dr. Gandhi P C Kaza, who successfully rendered 36 years in central and state government forensic labs and created the leading and model laboratory in his capacity as IGP & Director, APFSL, immediately upon retirement initiated the concept of Truth Labs, which became a reality with several honestly served and honorably retired Directors and Heads of Central and State Forensic institutions and police officers joined as a part of their national social responsibility.

Spurred on public demand based on successful fulfillment of its mandate of serving the common people with easily accessible and affordable services, the second lab was established at Delhi in August 2009, inaugurated by the then Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Justice A P Shah in the presence of eminent public men of the country including Justice M N Venkatachalaiah.

Thereupon, it was set up at Chennai in July 2010 with Justice M Y Eqbal, the then Chief Justice of Madras High Court presiding over, with the inaugural address given by Bharat Ratna Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, in the presence of stalwarts like Former Director, CBI, Dr. R K Raghavan, IPS (Retd.), Former Director, NPA, Sh. Kamal Kumar, IPS (Retd.), Former Vigilance Commissioner, Mrs. Ranjana Kumar.

By this time several High Courts, sessions courts and subordinate courts, central and state police agencies, central and state government ministries and departments, corporates and MNCs, banks and insurance companies, besides large number of individuals have been utilising wide range of services in Questioned Documents, Disputed Fingerprints, Forensic DNA, Cyber Forensics, Audio Forensics, Video forensics, Fraud Investigations, Polygraph / Lie-Detector, with more than 15 retired Directors and 20 qualified scientists, providing prompt reports in 2 weeks with ISO 9001:2015 certification. Immediately thereupon the fourth lab was set up at Bangalore in 2011 inaugurated / blessed by Justice M N Venkatachalaiah, followed by the fifth one at Mumbai in 2012 and the sixth one at Kolkata in 2017.

At this juncture, the operations of Truth Labs funded with my family silver came to a break-even and decennial celebrations were organized in Hyderabad, Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Chennai to mark the occasion, in the presence of several reputed men of eminence and all members appreciated the good work
done by Truth Labs.

All the 75+ veteran and young, qualified and trained forensic scientists currently working in Truth Labs in six metropolitan cities have reported over 24,000 cases referred by clients across India including Courts (25%), Police (15%), Govt. (5%), Banks, Financial Institutions and Corporates (10%),Insurance Companies (10%), Individuals from India and abroad (35%) making it an institution to reckon with other forensic institutions of central and state governments.

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