In a major relief to millions of Indians, the Supreme Court of India on September 7, 2016, ordered that First Information Reports (FIRs) “shall” be uploaded in the police websites of all states and union territories concerned.
Hitherto the police never hand over a copy of any FIR to the accused or to the complainant.
The Indian Apex Court directed “all States and Union Territories shall upload the FIRs on their respective websites within 24 hours of registration at police stations” in all the States and union territories.
A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and C Nagappan, which issued the order, however, extended the time up to 72 hours for uploading of the FIRs for those States which are located in “difficult terrains where internet connectivity is poor.”
This order of the country’s top court would bring relief to millions of Indians who do not even know the crime committed or whether a FIR is lodged in accordance with the law of the complainants.
However, the top court has exempted the state police authorities from uploading the FIRs in sensitive cases pertaining to insurgency and sexual offences against women and children.
The direction came on a PIL filed by the Young Lawyers’ Association of India. The PIL referred to a decision passed by the Delhi High Court in which the city police was directed to upload the FIRs on its website within 24 hours of being registered. The apex court agreed to the directions of the Delhi High Court.