Copies Of FIR Must Be Uploaded Online Within 24 Hrs: SC
The SC directed all states and UT to upload the FIRs on their websites within 24 hours of registration at police station.
A bench 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.
However, the Bench exempted cases related to terrorism, insurgency and sexual offences from this directive.
The bench also made it clear that the accused cannot take benefit before the courts of law of the fact that FIRs lodged against them have not been uploaded on the website.
Initially, it was suggested during the hearing that the states be allowed to upload FIRs on websites within 48 hours.
However, the court later fixed the time limit at 24 hours.
The direction came on a PIL filed by Youth Lawyers Association of India on the issue. 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 HC with certain modifications.