In a landmark Judgment the High Court of Himachal Pradesh directed the police to upload the copy of First Information Report [FIR] in the Website within 24 hours of lodging it, from 26.01.2015.
Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan who wrote the Judgment held that Democracy expects openness and openness is a concomitant of a free society and sunlight is the best disinfectant. It cannot be disputed that ordinary rule is that secrecy must be an exception, justifiable only when it is demanded by the requirement of public interest
The Court also held that as soon as an FIR is registered, it becomes a public document and members of the public are entitled to have certified copy thereof.
The Court also issued the following Guidelines.
Read the Full Order here