Evidence collected by CBI points at the forensic officials being in cahoots with the crime branch in proving the Ishrat Jahan killings to be genuine. Statements annexed to the chargesheet, filed on July 3, recount suspicious roles of former Assistant directors S G Khandelwal and Bharat Mistry (ballistics division) at the Gujarat Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) to cover the tracks for the accused crime branch officials.
Interrogation of Mistry, who told CBI that he did not even visit the scene of crime, and evidence provided by the then scientific officer indicate this collusion. Statement of a retired scientific officer, Madhusudan Pathak, recorded on June 23, 2013 by CBI, a copy of which is with The Indian Express, says that Khandelwal “dictated” the site visitation report to Pathak where he missed reporting two empty cartridges found from the scene of crime on June 15, 2004.
Pathak, who is a chemistry expert, states, “Today, I have been shown some photos of 9 mm empty cartridges lying on the road at the scene of crime. I do not know why Khandelwal missed out empties in the visitation note, although they were seen in some photographs. The 50 empties at the scene of crime were collected and seized as per the directions of Khandelwal.”