Hyderabad: Using high-end forensic tools, investigators at the Telangana State Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) has begun to sift through the data stored in 12 hard disks that were seized from the office of Associated Broadcasting Company, whose chief executive officer V. Ravi Prakash, is on the radar of the Cyberabad police for an alleged case of forgery.
Experts at the FSL, who till now were focussed on the investigation into the sensational IT Grids case, are said to have taken up the alleged forgery case involving Mr Ravi Prakash on a priority basis.
They are expected to dispatch their findings to the Cyberabad police in 10 days, based on which further action will follow. Being a high profile case, the Cyberabad police has chosen to get the analysis done by the FSL instead of doing it themselves.
Sources associated with the investigation told Deccan Chronicle that experts were using the ‘Forensic ‘Dossier’ imaging tool to zero in on certain documents, which, investigators believe, contains forged signatures. “Forensic Dossier will help us in spot the documents containing forged signatures though it is a very slow and painstaking process,” explained one official.
The Dossier can capture data from one or two suspect drives to either one or two evidence drives simultaneously.
“This enables us quickly acquire potential evidence from multiple suspect hard drives and create multiple copies of the suspect drive to speed the analysis,” sources explained.
Investigators are also using the Forensic Tool Kit (FTK), which will help them find the relevant evidence faster. FTK is a computer forensics software which can locate deleted emails and scan a disk for text strings to use them as a password dictionary to crack encryption.
The toolkit includes an imager, which is a standalone disk imaging program, which saves an image of the hard disk in one file or in segments that may be reconstructed later.
Sleuths had seized 12 disks during the searches at the company’s office which began at 5.30 am on Friday and continued for eight hours....