Aadhaar not mandatory for filing cases in Delhi courts, RTI Appellate Authority

Aadhaar not mandatory for filing cases in Delhi courts, RTI Appellate Authority

Aadhaar is not mandatory for filing cases in the Delhi High Court or the district courts in the capital.

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The order clarifying the same was passed on May 25 by Kovai Venugopal, Appellate Authority of the Tis Hazari courts under RTI Act, in a plea by advocate Mohak Bhadana.

Bhadana had sought the following information under the RTI Act:

  • Is furnishing Aadhaar number mandatory for the purpose of filing before the District courts in Delhi or the High Court?
  • If the answer to the above is affirmative, has the Delhi High Court issued any directions for the aforesaid purpose? If so, furnish a copy of the same.

In response to the same, the Public Information Officer had forwarded the reply by the Judicial Branch, which stated that no information is available with respect to the queries raised by the applicant.

This led to the appeal before the Appellate Authority.

The Appellate Authority noted that the reply by PIO/Judicial Branch “is not a proper reply”. Hence, it sought the response of Filing Branch officials in this regard.

Pursuant to the same, a response was filed by the Dealing Assistant from the Filing Branch. His response stated that the Supreme Court of India had issued guidelines for filing case/bail/miscellaneous applications at filing counters, through a ‘Case Information Format’. The format had some fields which were mandatory and those fields were identified by an asterisk mark. The reply stated that column no. 4 in the aforesaid format pertained to Aadhaar, but the same was not shown as mandatory.

Adverting to this response, the Appellate Authority held that Aadhaar is not mandatory for filing cases in Delhi courts.

Regarding the second query, the Dealing Assistant stated that the said information pertained to the Delhi High Court and no information was available with them regarding that query. The Appellate Authority noted the same while also observing that the PIO of the Delhi High Court has already provided a reply to the said query.

It, therefore, disposed of the appeal in the above terms.

Read the order below.

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