DVAC to set up hi-tech interrogation room

The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) will establish a hi-tech interrogation room to examine suspects, victims and witnesses.Equipped with advanced electronic communication devices, including voice and video recording, the facility will be on par with the ones in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and National Investigation Agency (NIA) headquarters.

According to officials, the facility, which was part of announcements in the recent Assembly Session for the State’s anti-corruption wing, will be essential to not only give a more conducive atmosphere but also to comply with the Supreme Court and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) interrogation guidelines.

Evolving methodology

“Though statements given by the accused while in custody may not be admissible evidence in the court of law, the information provided by the suspects will be on record and help in getting leads to investigate the case. ,” a police officer said.

The facility is expected to be operational in six months. It will have concealed wiring. Senior officers will have the option to monitor the proceedings live from wherever they are through a laptop or mobile phone. Additionally, the DVAC will get a Cyber-lab and three detachments in Tiruvallur, Tiruvarur and Perambalur.

“The method of investigation has changed over the years. Now, premium investigation agencies follow systematic methods like issuing questionnaires to suspects or confronting them with indisputable evidence. Proper planning is done before commencing investigation. ” he added.

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