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The Chief Justice of India (CJI) announced the rollout of a new scheme called FASTER. It will ensure the timely release of prisoners from jail and uphold their dignity.
- The Chief Justice of India announced the rollout of a new scheme called FASTER to cut delay in the release of convicts after the grant of bail in a case.
- It stands for ‘Fast and Secure Transmission of Electronic Records’.
- It would enable the Supreme Court (SC) to instantly, directly, securely, and electronically transmit bail and other orders to jail authorities, district courts, and High Courts.
Need for the FASTER scheme:
- People given bail have to wait for days before prison authorities release them.
- Recently, 13 prisoners in Agra Jail were granted bail by the Supreme Court on July 8 but were released by the prison authorities after a delay of four days.
- Similarly, Pinjra Tod activists walked out of Tihar Jail nearly two days after the Delhi High Court granted them bail.
- The prison authorities insist on receiving the “authentic” hard copy of the bail order, regardless of the fact that personal liberty and dignity are jeopardized due to delays.
- The Bench asked State governments to file their reports about the Internet connectivity in their jails to prevent technical glitches in the future.
- The Secretary-General of the Supreme Court was directed to submit a comprehensive report formulating the scheme within two weeks.