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Mahajan trial: Defence 'alters' text messages in court

November 16, 2007 17:43 IST

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The defence in Pramod Mahajan murder trial on Friday successfully demonstrated that an SMS in mobile phone memory can be tampered with -- after failing in the first attempt.

A threatening SMS allegedly sent by accused Pravin Mahajan to his elder brother and late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan is part of the evidence in the trial. Pravin allegedly shot Pramod last April, and the SMS had been sent prior to the incident. Mahajan succumbed to the bullet injuries after twelve days in hospital.

Defence had brought in Hari Krishna, a Pune-based software expert, to demonstrate that SMS can be fabricated.
In the morning, in the first attempt, Krishna failed to alter an SMS stored in a Motorola handset -- exactly similar to the one possessed by Pramod Mahajan.

However, Additional Sessions Judge S P Davare allowed him to have another go, and this time he succeeded in altering an SMS, stored in phone's memory with the help of a laptop. Prosecution will cross-examine Krishna on November 19.


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