The Tamil Nadu police have started uploading FIRs online which can be accessed by anyone including the accused from the Tamil Nadu policeâ€™s official website, reported The New Indian Express.
This came after a direction from the Supreme Court. A senior official told TNIE that about 1000 people had accessed the FIRs till now. The court has asked the police department to upload the FIRs within 24 hours and anyone can check the status of their complaints.
Informing about how this new option can be used, an official said that a new tab had been added to the right side of the website which reads â€˜View and FIRâ€™ on www.tnpolice.gov.in.
To view the report, details of the individual and mobile number should be provided. A one-time password (OTP) will be generated and then the FIR can be accessed.
This facility was launched on November 15, 2016. An official told TNIE that from November 15, all the FIRs were being uploaded on the website and about 2000 FIRs have been registered in Tamil Nadu. He added that there are enough storage facilities to upload such large data.
All FIRs have been uploaded in 24 hours unless there is a network connectivity issue, in such cases also, the FIR is uploaded in 48-72 hours. However, FIRs of some cases like sexual abuse, insurgency or terrorism and child abuse will not be accessible for the public, reported TNIE.
Moreover, the decision not to post FIRs cannot be taken by a police officer below the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police.