SC dismisses petition seeking FIRs to be made public within 24 hours

SC dismisses petition seeking FIRs to be made public within 24 hours

Advocate Prashant Bhushan relied on the 2016 decision as the lawyer of Saurav Das to press for the people's Right to Information (RTI).

Jal khambataUpdated: Saturday, January 21, 2023, 03:41 PM IST
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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has ruled out publication of the FIRs within 24 hours of their registration on the websites of police and state governments, as per its 2016 decision in case of the Youth Bar Association of India versus Union of India.

Adv Bhushan had sought to press for RTI

Advocate Prashant Bhushan relied on the 2016 decision as the lawyer of Saurav Das to press for the people's Right to Information (RTI).

Chargesheet not public document: SC

A Bench of Justices M R Shah and C T Ravikumar dismissed the petition lacking merits on the ground that the chargesheet cannot be said to be a public document within the definition of the Evidence Act since they are private documents. If the chargesheets and relevant documents are put on the public domain or on the websites, it will violate the rights of both accused and the victim and even the investigating agency, the Court held.

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