Cuttack: In a significant judgement, the Orissa High Court on Friday directed the state police to upload the FIR in police website within 24 hours of registration of the case, and permit the accused to download a copy of it.
A Division Bench headed by Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda asked the police to implement the order by January 31, 2013, that will help the accused to file appropriate application in Court as per the law for redressal of their grievances.
Apart from this, the Court has also ordered that the police station should also make arrangements to give a copy of the FIR to the accused persons or their kin within 24 hours of application on payment of a nominal fee.
The judgement came in response to a PIL filed by a criminal lawyer, Arun Kumar Budhia, seeking intervention of the High Court to enable the accused get copies of the FIR immediately after its registration.
In case the police station fails to provide the copy of FIR within the stipulated time, a three-member committee of high ranking officers should declare within three working days as to why the FIR copy was not made available to the applicant, the High Court said in its order.
Similarly, the concerned Magistrate holding trial in the case should also provide the certified copy of the FIR to the accused within two working days of the application.
As per the current practice, FIR copies are provided only to the complainant free of cost, while an accused has to move to the Court to get a copy of the FIR.
Source: 360 NS