India’s Home Ministry Pioneers Cloud for Swift Justice

India's home ministry is upgrading with a dedicated cloud system for streamlined storage of legal records and fingerprints.

By Sunil Sonkar
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India's Home Ministry Pioneers Cloud for Swift Justice

India’s home ministry is getting ready for a big tech upgrade by creating a special cloud system. This system will make it easier to store data, like court records, First Information Reports (FIRs), charge sheets and fingerprints.

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A government official said they are making their own cloud system to store vast data. Through cloud computing, this data can be swiftly accessed by concerned police stations and e-courts, speeding up trials across the country.

To lead this effort, a task force under the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) will formulate a policy on cloud-based data storage.

The government said they will create a safe place within the country to store data. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, along with its cyber security wing, the ‘Computer Emergency Response Team,’ will manage and respond to cybersecurity incidents.

To enhance the security of the cloud storage, another official noted that the access password will be dynamic, with a one-time password provided to users from law enforcement agencies or court officials.

Once implemented, this criminal justice system is set to become the largest in the world, housing all digitized records of courts, FIRs, charge sheets and evidence within the data cloud, including the National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS).

Under the provisions of the new criminal laws, electronic records, including Zero-FIR, e-FIRs, charge sheets and case information, will be generated and supplied digitally. The new laws say that if the punishment is seven years or more, they need videos and forensic proof. This means they need strong cloud storage to make justice faster in the country.

During court proceedings, officials added that audio-video recordings should be presented before relevant judicial officers or magistrates. The recent enactment of three new criminal laws, namely Bhartiya Nyaya Samhita, Bhartiya Nagrik Suraksha Samhita and Bhartiya Sakshya Adhiniyam, replaces the decades-old Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code and The Evidence Act.

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