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A facility for live electronic exchange of data between Courts and the Police, under the Inter-operable Criminal Justice System (ICJS), was inaugurated on December 15, 2018 by Justice Madan B Lokur through Video Conferencing, in the state of Telangana at Warangal. Justice Lokur is the Chairman of the ICJS and Judge-In-Charge of the Supreme Court e-Committee.
Among those who attended the inaugural event were Chief Justice of the Hyderabad High Court, Dr Alok Srivastava, Secretary (Justice) of the Government of India and the Director General of Police, Hyderabad.
The live demo of data exchange from Subedari Police station, Warangal to Principal District Court, Warangal was demonstrated during the launch.
While speaking on the occasion, Justice Lokur highlighted that such electronic data exchange will reduce the huge amount of workload upon court staff and the police. He noted that several states have shown keen interest to implement the project. Dr Alok Srivastava, while speaking during the event, lauded the project as revolutionary.
With this initiative, the police can send FIRs and charge sheets to courts electronically. The court’s software will fetch the names of the accused, victim and witnesses and their details, the name of the Investigating officer etc. In turn, the court can send the CNR number link to the police. The link of the CNR number will give all the details of the case, the parties, advocates, date of registration, first hearing and next hearing date, along with the entire history of the case and the business recorded in the court.
It is aimed to reduce the data entry work of court staff and the police. The police will continue to get updates along with all the details of the case on a day to day basis until the final termination of the case. The police will also get orders and judgments passed by the court. It will help both systems to get real-time updates. Absconding accused and non-bailable warrants can now be brought to justice more effectively and quickly.
With the inauguration at Warangal, the stage is now set for other states to follow.