HYDERABAD: In a major development in the cash-for-vote case, the Telangana State Forensic Science Laboratory (TSFSL) has confirmed that the voice conversation records in accused Bishop Harry Sebastian’s cell phone are unedited. The lab also ratified the transcripts of the conversations made by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) as genuine.
One of the voice records in Sebastian’s phone is a conversation between AP chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and cash-for-vote complainant Elvis Stephenson. Armed with this information, the ACB is likely to proceed against Sebastian and others in the case.
According to ACB officials, there are 516 telephone conversation records in Sebastian’s phone, of which 102 related to the cash-for-vote case. “One of the conversations that the forensic lab authenticated was between Naidu and Stephenson,” ACB sources said. The forensic lab report affirming the content in Sebastian’s phone as not doctored was received by the ACB through the court two days ago.
The data in Sebastian’s phone is crucial for the cash-for-vote case. In his statement recorded before the magistrate, complainant Elvis Stephenson had said that Sebastian called on his phone at 4 pm on May 30 and gave the phone to Naidu, who spoke to him about the “deal.
Based on the lab reports, ACB sleuths can seek the voice sample of Naidu through the court for voice comparison test.
The investigative agency has already obtained the voice samples of accused TDP MLAs Revanth Reddy and Sandra Venkata Veeraiah from the Assembly, through the court. The voice samples of two other accused, Sebastian and Mathias Jerusalem, have also been sent to FSL and the analysis is currently going on.
As part of the cash-for-vote case probe, ACB officials had sent Bishop Harry Sebastian’s HTC cell phone — which has voice conversation records of various accused — to the FSL for forensic analysis over a month ago. Through the court, ACB then requested the lab to provide a mirror image copy of the data in the cell phone for purposes of investigation.
The lab provided the mirror image copy and ACB sleuths then prepared transcripts of all the conversation records along with the SMS texts. The transcripts were then sent back to the lab. The authentication was received by the ACB two days ago.