The Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL) has confirmed the state forensic lab report that no semen stain was there in the undergarments of the alleged Kunduli rape victim.

Officers of the CB-CID here said the Kolkata-based CFSL, in its findings, clarified that there was ‘no presence of semen’ in the victim’s undergarments.

State Crime Branch Superintendent of Police R.B. Panigrahi said: “The Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory is categorical in stating that from the wearing apparels of the alleged victim girl only human blood of female origin was found and no stains of semen or saliva was detected which confirms the integrity of the final report earlier submitted by SFSL to the court”.

The Crime Branch had sent the exhibit which was in court to the CFSL as there were media speculation and a hue and cry over tampering with the SFSL that said there were no semen stains found in the apparel of the girl.

The ‘Kunduli gang rape’ case as it is widely known relates to a girl of a remote village in Koraput district alleging that she had been gang-raped by armed men in uniform on 10 October 2017.

The victim had lodged a police complaint and was admitted to Koraput hospital and subsequently at Cuttack hospital. The medical tests as per police did not reveal any sign of rape.

Opposition Congress and BJP had raised a furore over the issue alleging that the BJD government was trying to cover-up the case. The victim had said she had been offered Rs 90,000 to retrace her statement by the police.

Reports questioning the authenticity of the OSFL report presented to court had fuelled further charges by the Opposition. The controversy took a shocking turn when the victim committed suicide on 22 January.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik ordered a judicial probe and then a court-monitored SIT probe while the Congress and BJP demanded a CBI probe.