The Manipur High Court closed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed complaining that copies of First Information Reports (FIRs) were not being sent to the jurisdictional Magistrates immediately after registration, in compliance with section 157 Cr.P.C.
The PIL filed by a practicing lawyer further sought directions to the authorities concerned to do so.
Additional reply affidavit dated 13.07.2022 was filed by I.K. Muivah, Inspector General of Police (Adm.), Manipur, furnishing details of the uploading FIRs by various Police Stations in the State of Manipur. A perusal thereof reflects that except for Kangpokpi District, where there seems to have been a technical problem in uploading of FIRs, the needful was being done dutifully by all other police stations which were functional.
RK Umakanta, Government Advocate, informed the Court that the technical problem in Kangpokpi District has also been resolved and in any event, FIRs were being sent by email for necessary further action. The affidavit also reflects that only FIRs pertaining to offenses which are sensitive innature, such as sexual offences, insurgency/terrorism related cases, offences underthe POCSO Act, etc., were not being uploaded in accordance with the relevant guidelines.
The Inspector General stated that necessary action was being taken in all respects to comply with the direction of the Supreme Court by uploading FIRst expeditiously. He further stated that directions were given to the concerned officers in all Police Stations for strict compliance.
In the light of the aforestated affidavit, M. Rakesh, counsel for the Petitioner that the grievance raised by the petitioner stands satisfactorily addressed.
In that view of the matter, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kumar and Justice M.V. Muralidaran closed the PIL.