Hard disk in IMA fraud case tampered with, reveals forensic report

Hard disk in IMA fraud case tampered with, reveals forensic report

BENGALURU: The forensic report on a hard disk which contained information about the financial transactions of I Monetary Advisory (IMA), accessed by TNIE, has revealed some shocking facts. The report, believed to have been handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which is now probing the case, reveals that the disk has been tampered with, perhaps deliberately, to shield some top politicians, bureaucrats and police officers.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT), which was earlier investigating the IMA Jewels case, had raided the house of its founder Mohammed Mansoor Khan’s fourth wife in June, just a few days after he fled the country, and seized the hard disk. It was then sent for tests at the Forensic Science Laboratory in Bengaluru.

“The tests show some kind of tampering in the hard disk. This means that there could be some addition or deletion of content and it will lose its value as evidence,” said a highly placed source. The report is yet to be submitted to the court by the CBI.

When asked about the report, a senior SIT officer said they are aware of the FSL submitting it, but declined to comment further. On being prodded about the tampering of the hard disk, the officer defended the SIT saying, “There is no chance that it was tampered with. Even if it was, it must have happened before we got it. The timestamp will establish if it was tampered.”