YS Viveka murder: CBI seeks court permission for ninhydrin test on Viveka's letter

The CBI, probing the YS Vivekananda Reddy murder case, moved the court for a ninhydrin test on the letter purportedly written by the former minister before his death

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HYDERABAD: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is investigating the YS Vivekananda Reddy murder case, has moved the court seeking permission to conduct a Ninhydrin test on the letter purportedly written by the former minister minutes before his death. The CBI moved the court as part of its exercise to identify fingerprints as part of its deeper probe to nail the real culprits in the case. The agency sought the court's permission as the letter might get damaged during the test.

It is known that the CBI already sent the letter, found on the day of the murder, to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) in Delhi on February 11, 2021. The CFSL has already concluded that the letter was written by YS Vivekananda Reddy under duress. The CBI is now contemplating to identify the fingerprints on it with the ninhydrin test to find a way forward in the case.

The CBI, in its petition, sought the CBI court to give permission for the test and consider the colour truecopy (xeroxed one) as the evidence in the case. The CBI also stated that they had to compare the fingerprints on the letter with that of the accused. However, the CBI court sought the response of the accused on the CBI petition and adjourned the hearing to June 2.

According to the Internet, ninhydrin is the most widely used chemical reagent for the detection of latent fingermarks on porous surfaces such as paper and cardboard.

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