GUWAHATI, April 18 - A lengthy argument on whether or not collection of voice samples of the accused arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is mandated by law was recorded in the Court of Special Judge (CBI), Assam, today.
The argument were placed vis-�-vis the arrest of four persons including Income Tax Commissioner (Audit) Swetabh Suman on charges of bribery, who are currently in CBI custody.
While defence lawyer Bijon Kumar Mahajan argued that collection of voice samples is not included in the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) unlike �collection of blood samples� which was inserted by way of amendment, the prosecution however asserted that the prayer be allowed, as matching of voice samples would make the case watertight for the investigating agency.
�..And whether seeking permission for voice samples is within the provision of the law of the land is still pending with the Supreme Court in the Ritesh Kumar versus the State of Uttar Pradesh,� the defence lawyer argued.
The CBI had sought permission for collection of voice samples of the four arrested accused yesterday. April 20 has been fixed as the date of judgement. The CBI was represented by public prosecutor Neeraj Kumar.