The Supreme Court on Friday said it will introduce a system for secure digital transmission of their bail orders in jails across the country, as many times the authorities wait for bail orders to release prisoners after getting bail. The country's Chief Justice NV Ramana on Friday said that the Supreme Court is looking at developing a system for direct delivery of bail orders to jails so that jail authorities delay the release of prisoners waiting for a certified copy of the order. Do not
CJI NV Ramana said- "We are in the time of use of technology. We are looking at a scheme called ASTER: Ask and Secure Transmission of Electronic Records. This means communicating all orders to the concerned jail authorities without waiting."
A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana directed the general secretary of the apex court to submit a proposal on the scheme which can be followed and also said that it can be implemented in a month. The court asked all the states to respond to the availability of internet connection in jails across the country, as without this facility such orders cannot be sent to jails. Along with this, the court has appointed senior advocate Dushyant Dave as an amicus curiae to assist in implementing the scheme.
Recently, on July 13, the Supreme Court took self cognizance of the delay in the release of convicts on bail. The Supreme Court had granted immediate interim bail to 13 convicts lodged in the Agra Central Jail. The order was passed on July 8, but the convicts could not come out of the jail as the jail authorities are saying that they have not received the certified copy of the order by post. Despite being juveniles at the time of committing the crime, the convicts had spent 14 to 20 years in jail.