News: Forum plea to upload FIRs on police website

THE Federation for People’s Rights has urged the police to upload onto its website all the FIRs filed within 24 hours from February 1, 2011 onwards.
Citing the Delhi High Court judgment in this regard, representations have been sent to the chief secretary, law secretary and the director general of police enclosing the judgment copy, said G Sugumaran, secretary of the federation, in a statement today.

Drawing the attention on the referred judgment pronounced by chief justice Dipak Misra and Manmohan of Delhi High Court, in W.P. (Crl.) No. 468 of 2010 on December 6, 2010, he said that as per the relevant operating portion, an accused was entitled to get a copy of the First Information Report at an earlier stage than as prescribed under Section 207 of the Cr.P.C.

An accused who had reasons to suspect that he had been roped in a criminal case and his name might find a place in an FIR could submit an application through his representative, agent or parokar for grant of a certified copy before the concerned police officer concerned or to the superintendent of police on payment of a fee. On such application being made, the copy shall be supplied within 24 hours.

The copies of the FIR, unless the offence is sensitive in nature, should be uploaded on the Delhi police website within 24 hours of lodging of the FIR so that the accused or any person connected with the same can download the FIR and file appropriate application before the court as per law for redressal of his grievances.

In the light of the above Judgment, he urged the police to take necessary steps to implement the court directions in Puducherry as well and circulate the copy of the judgment to all Police Stations, to uphold the rights of the accused.

The New Indian Express / 19.12.2010

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