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IP International Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicological Sciences

Forensic examination of handwriting and thumb impression-A case study

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Author Details : Reeta R Gupta*, Harinder Prasad

Volume : 4, Issue : 2, Year : 2019

Article Page : 42-48


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Handwriting Science and Finger Print examination both are significant branches of Forensic Science. This article illustrates one of the important cases related to cheating by impersonation in constable recruitment examination. The case was submitted in Central Forensic Science Laboratory CBI, New Delhi for examination and opinion on handwritings as well as finger thumb impressions with detailed questionnaires. Inter see examination and comparison of questioned document with standard document reveals that both the sets were consistent in detailed characteristic features and execution of strokes in construction of letter and their combination in words. The authorship of questioned documents was matched with the supplied specimen documents. Also, the questioned thumb impressions were compared with the standard thumb impression and were found consistent between both the sets. The case was examined thoroughly by applying the principle of handwriting science and finger thumb impression. The case was successfully solved on the basis of forensic analysis of handwritings and finger thumb impressions. The scientific evidence was produced during court testimony by the experts and opinion was accepted in the court of law and finally the suspected person was convicted.

Keywords: Questioned document examination, Thumb impression, Forensic examination.

How to cite : Gupta R R, Prasad H, Forensic examination of handwriting and thumb impression-A case study. IP Int J Forensic Med Toxicol Sci 2019;4(2):42-48

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