SHRI SHANTARAM LAXMAN NAIK (GOA): Sir, liberty of an individual being of utmost importance is enshrined in the Constitution of India as a fundamental right. This liberty cannot be taken away except according to the law of the land.

       Now-a-days, it is seen that convicts are not getting copies of judgements and, as a result of which, valuable rights of citizens to seek further remedies is delayed and, many a time convicts remain in jail for not being able to file appeals/revisions and seek bail. Further, it has also been seen that after convicts obtain bail, they remain in jail on account of non-communication of the release orders to the jail authorities.

       Sir, when the Government is very keen to increase the speed of IT revolution in the country, and when e-governance is being given top priority and when judiciary is also using internet system to a large extent by opening web-sites of various courts, it would have been fit and proper that judgements and orders, where liberty of individuals is concerned, communication of judgements and orders through e-mails, would have been most ideal.

       It is, therefore, essential that all the jails in this country should have compute systems to receive electronic mail, and computers installed therein should have fax receiving software, if not separate fax machines.                                                           (Ends)

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (PROF. P.J. KURIEN): The House stands adjourned to meet at 2.00 p.m.


The House then adjourned for lunch at one minute past

one of the clock.