Supreme Court Judge Justice DY Chandrachud called the delay in communicating bail orders to prison authorities a “very serious deficiency” and stressed the need to address it on “the proper footing.” war “because it affects the” human freedom “of each detainee pending trial. .
Judge Chandrachud was speaking at an online event organized by the Allahabad High Court to inaugurate virtual courts and “e-Sewa kendras” to facilitate online legal assistance for litigants.
“A very serious flaw in the criminal justice system is the delay in the delivery of bail orders, which we must deal with on an aggressive basis. sentence … “, he said.
Recently, Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan, spent an extra day inside Arthur Road Prison in Mumbai, despite obtaining bail from the Bombay High Court in the cruise drug case.
Earlier, Chief Justice NV Ramana had expressed his deep displeasure at reports of a delay in the enforcement of bail orders and said he would establish a “secure, credible and reliable channel. authentic “for the transmission of prescriptions. Even in the digital age, “we are still looking at the sky for pigeons to communicate orders,” said the bench.
The Supreme Court then ordered the implementation of a project – Fast and Secure Transmission of Electronic Records (FASTER) – for faster communication and compliance with its orders and asked all States and Union territories to ensure Internet access, with adequate speed, in each prison.
Speaking at the event, Judge Chandrachud referred to one of the initiatives of the High Court of Orissa which provides for the granting of an “electronic custody certificate” to each inmate pending trial. and convicted person who is serving a term of imprisonment.
“This certificate will provide us with all the data required regarding that particular sub-trial or convict, from pre-trial detention to the further development of each case. It will also help us ensure that bail orders are met. communicated as soon as they are made, from where they are communicated, to prisons for immediate implementation, ”he said.
Judge Chandrachud also spoke of the importance of virtual courts and said they have been set up in 12 states to try traffic issues.
“Nationwide, 99.43 lakh cases have been settled. Fines have been collected for 18.35 lakh cases. The total fines collected are over Rs 119 crore. About 98,000 violators have chosen to contest. the case, ”the judge said.
“Now you can imagine that for an ordinary citizen who has traffic challan, going a day without a daily pay and going to court to pay traffic challan is not productive …” he said. he declares.
Judge Chandrachud said 2.95 crore criminal cases are pending in district courts across the country and more than 77% of cases are over a year old.
“Many criminal cases are pending because the defendants remain at large for years. For example, the oldest court case in Uttar Pradesh where the defendant fled is the 1976 64 trial in Gorakhpur,” he said. -he declares.
The main reasons for the delay in settling criminal cases are that the accused remains at large, especially after the bail has been granted, and secondly, due to the non-appearance of official witnesses during the criminal trial for the ‘recording of evidence, he said.
“We can also use information and communication technologies here. This is what we are currently working on in the electronic committee of the Supreme Court,” said Judge Chandrachud.
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