Mineral quartz—silicon oxide. One of the most widespread minerals in the world. A white substance found in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly in India was determined to be quartz, after an initial report identified it as the explosive material pantaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN). (Photo: Fotosaga via Shutterstock)

The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday suspended the Director of the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) for his allegedly "misleading and unconfirmed" report on the basis of which the State concluded that the suspicious white substance recovered from the UP Assembly was a dangerous explosive.

Director, FSL Lucknow, Shiv Bihari Upadhyay was suspended for reporting that the substance was an highly explosive material, pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN). Tests conducted by at the NIA at the Central FSL in Hyderabad claimed the substance was not a dangerous explosive but Silicon Oxide or quartz.

A government official said Mr. Upadhyay's report was erroneous, incomplete, misleading, and unconfirmed.

Mr. Upadhyay was also implicated for "misguiding higher officials" and testing the suspected material with kit that was beyond its expiry date (March 2016) and by persons who were not experts.

A probe has been launched against him which will be led by Director of vigilance department, Hitesh Awasthi.

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