HYDERABAD: Hours before Majlis-e-IttehadulMuslimeen (MIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisiappears before investigators in Nirmal, Adilabad, for his alleged hate speech, police claim that they are in a catch-22 situation. They neither have first-hand evidence nor the necessary wherewithal to authenticate Akbaruddin’s video floating on the internet. This is being taken as a clear indication by analysts that Owaisi will go scot free. Meanwhile, the MIM MLA is likely to arrive in the city in the early hours of Monday and later proceed to Nirmal to face the investigators.
Investigators claim that they are left with no option, but rely on eye-witnesses since the Adilabad and Nizamabad district police had not even bothered to videograph the proceedings of MIM Jalsa. As a result, they are now at the mercy of media personnel and others who attended the meeting. And in all probability, none of the MIM activists might depose against their leader.
“It is a fact that police had not recorded Akbaruddin Owaisi’s speech. Also, at the same time we cannot rely on YouTube video, since it will be secondary. Instead, we will use the footage captured by personnel who attended the meeting. We think that it will stand good enough as evidence since the video was taken when the MIM Jalsa was underway,” an officer, who is part of the investigation team in Nirmal, told TOI.
Forensic experts said in the given situation it would be a challenge to prove lip synchronization with the voice of Akbaruddin in the video. Besides, establishing the location where Akbaruddin gave the speech would be another uphill task.
“The person who recorded the video himself would have to depose to prove from which camera he had shot the proceedings on the day of offence,” a senior officer said. Caught on the wrong foot, police have decided to rely on eye-witnesses in the given situation, but doubts persist whether anyone would courageously stand up and testify against Akbaruddin for his hate speeches in Nirmal and Nizamabad.
The Andhra Pradesh Forensic Science Laboratory (APFSL) is still in the process of procuring advanced audio-video voice detection tools, which could address several lacunae, as the existing tools are reportedly not completely foolproof.
“We will shortly procure advanced tools for audio, video, voice forensic at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore. It is false to say that the existing system is not foolproof,” APFSL director O Narasimha Murthy told TOI.
Nirmal, Nizamabad II Town and Osmania University police are relying on footage captured by media personnel and YouTube video as evidence to show that Akbaruddin Owaisi gave insidious speeches.
Authentication proves vital when the MLA might deny making such statements.
Advocate K Karunasagar and Mangalhat corporator Raja Singh, who filed petitions against Akbaruddin for his hate speech, would depose before the Nampally court on Monday. Raja Singh is a well known Hindutva activist.