Chargesheet Is Not Public Document. Can’t Be Published Online: SC 

The Supreme Court has said that the charge sheet is not a public document. The investigating agency cannot be directed to upload this document on the website. 

The Supreme Court said that the charge sheet filed by the investigating agency of a criminal case cannot be asked to be made public. 

By filing an application in the Supreme Court, a request was made to make the charge sheet available to the public. 

The Supreme Court said that the charge sheet is not a public document and cannot be uploaded online. Merely because there is a provision for uploading the FIR, it cannot be said to upload the charge sheet.

Court’s bench of Justice MR Shah and Justice CT Ravikumar said that the police and other investigating agencies like CBI or ED etc. cannot be directed to upload the charge sheet on the website. Make it public to make it accessible to the general public. The Supreme Court dismissed the petition in this case. 

The bench said that Prashant Bhushan has argued that there is a judgment regarding the uploading of the FIR. 

In the case related to Youth Bar Association, the Apex Court had given the decision in the case of FIR. 

The top court, after considering Bhushan’s submission, said that there is an order in the FIR case but no such direction can be issued in the charge sheet case.

Supreme Court said that the order given in the case of Youth Bar Association was for the upload of FIR, it cannot be extended to the charge sheet. 

Because many times the accused are innocent and they have got legal remedies from the court and in such a situation they cannot be tortured. 

As far as the charge sheet is concerned, the order cannot be extended for that. The contention of uploading the charge sheet on the website for public is contrary to the scheme of CrPC. 

This can also affect the rights of the accused. 

Also, the rights of the Victim can also be affected.

on January 9 The Supreme Court had reserved the decision on the petition filed in this case on January 9. 

The petitioner had said that the charge sheet of the police should be made public. When the police files the charge sheet, it should be put on the website. 

Before the bench headed by Justice MR Shah, advocate Prashant Bhushan argued on behalf of the petitioner that every citizen of the country has the right to know who is the accused in a certain criminal case and who has committed the crime. A petition has been filed that the charge sheet should be made public.

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