Thursday, September 09, 2004

'Brain fingerprinting' to nab white-collar criminals.

SHIMLA: India has become the second country after the US to introduce brain fingerprinting to solve fast spreading white-collar crimes. M S Rao, chief forensic scientist of the Government Examiner of Question Documents (GEQD) centre here, announced the adoption of the technique at the start of a three-day international forensic seminar on combating white-collar crime that is being attended by 180 delegates from India and abroad. "India is the only country after the US having the latest brain fingerprinting technology to help in establishing if an accused person is involved in a crime," Rao said. Explaining the brain fingerprinting technology, he said, "The brain records all our experiences like the hard disk of a computer. During investigations, if the crime-related visual, oral and audio information is provided to individuals, it will show on the guilty person's EEG, as it matches the information stored in brain cells." GEQD Shimla, which is celebrating its centenary this year, is the second oldest such centre in the world. The oldest is in Britain. "The GEQD Shimla has been providing crucial services to the nation by providing timely and quality forensic examination of documents pertaining to white-collar crimes," Rao said. The centre examines cases of forgery and fraud, counterfeit currency, fraudulent documents and passport forgeries, he said. "We are at par with the best in the world in our field." The GEQD is currently investigating the multibillion-rupee fake stamp paper scam masterminded by Abdul Karim Telgi. In the past it has investigated the Harshad Mehta securities scam case and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha bribery case, among a host of others.


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