Online access to FIRs now in Odisha

Anyone who has registered an FIR with the police or been named in such a complaint can now view and download the document from the web.

Published: 09th December 2016 02:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th December 2016 07:56 AM   |  A+A-

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BHUBANESWAR: Now anyone who has registered an FIR with the police or been named in such a complaint can view and download the document from the web. The State Police has put up the system on its Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) Portal in compliance to a Supreme Court order.

All the non-sensitive FIRs are now being uploaded on the citizen's portal of CCTNS in a regular manner within the first 24 hours. However, the uploading is dependent on internet connectivity available at the district level.

To view and download the FIR, one does not have to register as of now. One can provide e-mail ID, mobile number and receive a one-time password through which the FIR can be accessed.

The State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB) and Crime Branch joined hands to put the system in place. As part of the exercise, police in all the districts have designated an officer who will have the ID and password to upload the document. A standard operating procedure has been formulated in this connection too.
Since Internet connectivity is a major bottleneck for uploading the FIRs, Special DG of Crime Branch BK Sharma had in the past taken up the matter with the national service provider BSNL seeking upgradation of the systems in districts to provide a faster connectivity.

Currently, anyone can view and download the documents although it has been mandated that only the accused, victim or those connected to the case can access the documents.

Contacted, Director of SCRB Rajesh Kumar said though the access is open, it can be verified if the person who viewed and downloaded the document is related to the case.
''From the Internet protocol address, it can be ascertained who had accessed the FIR. In case any malicious intent is suspected, the SPs can inquire into the matter using the IP footprint of the user,'' he added.

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