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Age of Document – Determination of age of a Manuscript

In another interesting case, a claim was made in respect of original hand written manuscript of the book written by Swami Dayanand Saraswati (1824-1883), a social reformer and most prominent Guru of Arya Samaj, who wrote his famous book “Satyartha Prakash”.

The manuscript of the book was forwarded to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory of CBI to check its authenticity. On careful examination it was revealed that the manuscript was written using a Ball- Point Pen. As per the history it was known that Ball- Point pens were not in existence during the period of time when Swami Dayanand Saraswati wrote his book. Ball-Point pens came into existence during the time of World War- II, i.e., around 1945.

Therefore, it was established that the manuscript claimed to be in the original handwriting of Swami Dayanand was patently false and forged.