Saurav Das has prayed States to enable free public access to a Charge Sheet, filed as per Section 173 of The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, in furtherance of rationale as established in Youth Bar Association of India v. Union of India, (2016) 9 SCC 473.
Reliance on Youth Bar Association of India; Sections 74 and 76 of The Indian Evidence Act, 1872 and Section 4(2) of The Right to Information Act, 2005 is thoroughly misconceived and misplaced.
Putting a First Information Report on a website cannot be equated with putting a Charge Sheet on a public domain and on websites of State Governments.
The Writ Petition lacks merit.
– Hon’ble Justice M.R. Shah, Saurav Das v. Union of India, [Writ Petition (Civil) No. 1126 of 2022].