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Digitally yours, says apex court

After launching e-petitions, SC is all set to issue digitally signed documents by next month, reports Satya Prakash.

india Updated: Oct 14, 2006 22:35 IST

The Supreme Court is really going hi-tech. After launching e-filing of petitions, it is all set to issue digitally signed documents by next month.

"Preparations are in full swing and we are in the process of acquiring hardware and software for this purpose with the help of National Informatics Centre (NIC)," Supreme Court Registrar General VK Jain told Hindustan Times.

"Any digitally signed document can safely be considered to be an authentic version of the original document," Jain said adding, "Supreme Court's judgments, orders and other documents can now be issued digitally".

Enumerating the advantages of the facility, he said people can get digitally signed documents free of cost, in a hassle-free manner and within a day's time.

At present the process of getting a certified copy of a judgment/order is very cumbersome and time-consuming. In fact the official concerned in the Copying Agency of the court have to actually get the file, copy it with the help of a xerox machine, compare it with the original to verify its authenticity, put a seal and signature on each page of the document. The whole exercise takes two-three days.

"Now it can be issued within a day, if the application for issuance of certified copy is found to be in order," the Registrar General said.

Digitally signed judgments, orders, documents will be issued by the court's Copying Agency which can be verified with the help of a verifier (a kind of software) available free of cost on the court's website, he said.

The verifier would also indicate whether there is any tampering with the document. A statement shall appear on every page of a digitally signed document that it has been digitally signed along with the name of the person putting his/her signature on it, Jain said.

e-mail satyaprakash@hindustantimes.com

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