Centre promises law on DNA profiling; SC disposes of PIL


NEW DELHI: A bill for DNA profiling to enable maintenance of records of unidentified and unclaimed dead bodies or missing persons, is likely to be brought in the upcoming session of Parliament, the Centre today told the Supreme Court.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud considered the statement made by Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand, appearing for the Centre, saying the Government should take steps as “expeditiously as possible”.

“The counsel for Union of India submitted that a legislation is likely to be brought as expeditiously as possible in the upcoming parliamentary sessions. Considering the submission, we dispose of the petition,” the bench said.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by the NGO stating that India does not have a national DNA database to address the issue of thousands of unclaimed dead bodies that are reported annually. It had suggested maintaining of DNA profiles of the bodies before their disposal which could help in their identification by the family members. (AGENCIES)