Consider filing of FIRs through email, messages: HC

The Delhi High Court has directed the city police to consider allowing registration of FIRs through SMS, email and WhatsApp messages regarding cases of missing persons to ensure speedy investigation.

“This, in the opinion of the court, would ensure that the valuable time is not lost and investigation is carried out in an expeditious manner. In the event the report is false or the person is found, the FIR can always be cancelled,” the court said.

The recent order of the Bench came while hearing a public interest petition initiated by the court on a woman’s complaint alleging inaction by police when she informed it about the alleged abduction of her husband.

In her letter to the High Court, the woman had claimed that her husband was abducted on August 4 last year by one Matru and some of his associates. Despite the woman sending representations all the way up to the Commissioner of Police, an FIR was only lodged on December 28 last.

The High Court had on March 26 transferred the investigation to Crime Branch.

The High Court also asked the DCP, Crime Branch to file a fresh report regarding the status of the investigation after six weeks and listed the matter for further hearing on July 17.

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