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Looking for pigeons to communicate: Supreme Court plans electronic channel to send orders faster

The Supreme Court docket Friday introduced a plan to arrange a system for swift and safe digital transmission of its rulings to jail authorities in order that prisoners who’ve been granted aid usually are not left ready for a licensed order copy with a purpose to be launched.

“On this age of knowledge and communication expertise, we’re nonetheless wanting on the skies for the pigeons to speak the orders,” Chief Justice N V Ramana mentioned.

A bench headed by him had taken suo motu cognisance of the delay within the launch of 13 prisoners from Agra Central Jail regardless of the court docket granting them bail on July 8.

The bench, additionally comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and A S Bopanna, Friday mentioned it’s considering a system — ‘FASTER’ — to handle the difficulty.

“We’re in instances of use of expertise. We’re underneath contemplation of a scheme referred to as FASTER: Quick and Safe Transmission of Digital Information. It’s meant to speak all orders to involved jail authorities with out ready”, the CJI mentioned.

Legal professional Normal Ok Ok Venugopal welcomed the announcement.

CJI Ramana mentioned he’ll direct the Supreme Court docket Secretary Normal to put a report in two weeks, “so we’ll attempt to implement the scheme in a month”.

On delays in launch of prisoners even after they’re granted aid, the CJI mentioned: “It’s simply an excessive amount of”.

“That is unsuitable”, added the AG.

Solicitor Normal Tushar Mehta, nonetheless, identified that there are situations of pretend and fabricated orders getting used, due to which jail authorities insist on authenticated copies.

He added that the Supreme Court docket may direct jail authorities to deal with the order uploaded on its web site because the authenticated copy.

On the brand new plan, the highest court docket mentioned it wished a response from all state governments because the transmission would grow to be unimaginable until jails have web connectivity.

The court docket additionally requested Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave to help it as an amicus curiae within the matter.

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