Police stations to be wired to the web in 2 months
All police stations in Maharashtra will have internet connectivity in the next two months, the state government has promised.mumbai Updated: Dec 17, 2010 02:32 IST
All police stations in Maharashtra will have internet connectivity in the next two months, the state government has promised.
Public prosecutor Pandurang Pol made this announcement on behalf of the state government on Thursday, following a suggestion by the Bombay high court last week.
Pol said: “We have provided net connectivity to all police stations in Mumbai and offices of senior police officials. A similar thing will be done for the rest of the state in the next two months.”
Once this happens, citizens will be to email their complaints to the local police station. This will save them the trouble of making a trip to the police station and waiting for someone to hear their case.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Mahadev Ghodake, a scrap dealer from Kolhapur, who had alleged police inaction in a cheating case. During one of the hearings, the court reprimanded the investigating officer, sub-inspector Subhash Chaugule, for failing to appear in court despite summons. Chaugule had told the court that he could not attend the earlier hearing on November 19 because he did not receive communication about it on time.
This is when the court had suggested that all police stations and offices be connected by email to facilitate easy and speedy communication.
While hearing another case, the court had even suggested that the police consider uploading copies of first information reports (FIRs) online. “In keeping with the recent judgment of the Delhi High Court, the police should upload copies of FIRs too,” justice Khanvilkar said.
Justice Khanvilkar gave an example of the high court itself, which is trying to keep pace with advancing technology. Earlier, only causelists of cases listed in high court were online. Later, orders and judgements passed in all cases were uploaded on the high court website. Now litigants can even check status of their case online.
The high court has recently started a service, which a litigant can use to check the case status. All he or she needs to do is send an SMS to 09212357123 in a prescribed format.