The Supreme Court rejects a plea to post police chargesheets on official websites



In the case of Saurav Das v. Union of India and others, the Supreme Court refused a request to make chargesheets submitted by the police, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) available in the public domain and on official websites.
Putting chargesheets produced in criminal cases by investigative agencies would go against the plan envisioned by the Code of Criminal Procedure, a bench of Justices MR Shah and CT Ravikumar decided (CrPC).
A chargesheet cannot be publicly disclosed online, according to the Court, because it is not a “public document.”

This news is written by Ms. Amrita Singh, Research Assistant, All India Legal Forum.

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