The Law Society welcomes the government’s decision to revamp the criminal justice system

Welcoming the Centre’s move to implement an interoperable criminal justice system, All India Bar Association said it would make the system more robust and help in tracking criminals, solving crimes and making India a better place. sure.

This effort by the government responds to a long-standing request and need to map “people with criminal records”, said the President of the Bar Association of India, Dr Adish C Aggarwala, “It will be a big step forward in digitizing criminal justice records and making them accessible to law enforcement, labs and courts,” he said.

Not only will this make it much more difficult for people to escape the consequences of their criminal acts, but it will also ensure that no one, guilty or innocent, is forgotten and that justice is served for all equally. – added Dr. Adish C Aggarwala.

Apart from saving time, it will also make the system more efficient in tracking criminals, solving crimes and making India a safer place, said lead attorney Dr Aggarwala.

Asked to elaborate, he said the current criminal justice system has a major shortcoming, as vital information is disseminated in isolated databases that are neither accessible nor integrated with all relevant authorities. Ingenious criminals take advantage of this to manipulate and present distorted versions in front of the various stakeholders. Without an effective system to track it, a person is often unharmed after committing a crime by simply assuming a false identity.

A person released on bail can escape trial simply by changing their address. The most disadvantaged are the victims of unrecognized offenses or others who must pursue their complaints before the courts on their own, said the legal expert.

At any time during the trial, said person can evade the system by simply changing their address and not disclosing the new address. It is a daunting task to find the addresses of the offenders, to serve the defendants with subpoenas and to ensure their appearance in court until the case reaches a final judgment, said Dr. Aggarwala.

In the absence of an interoperable criminal justice system, a shrewd criminal, operating under different names and identities. manages to cheat the system and it is impossible to bring these people to justice because it is not possible for the police to constantly monitor the activities and whereabouts of all the defendants who are not in prison, he said. -he declares.

The head of the bar association said India’s criminal laws are no longer fit for society as they were made at a time when social ties were strong and every individual was known to the community. At that time, a person who had moved to another location could be tracked with the help of relatives and others in the localities.

“Today, this is no longer possible and, therefore, there is a dire need for the system to track individuals without depending on local indices, as has been formulated in other developed countries”, a- he declared.