The Judgement given by Hon’ble High court of Bombay (Bench at Aurangabad) in The Central Public Information Officer,Aurangabad Vs The Central Information Commissioner And Another in WRIT PETITION NO. 10690 OF 2017,It has been held that information of spouse doesn’t come under section 8(1)(e) and 8(1)(j) of Right to Information act.
Hon’ble Bomay High court cited Judgement of the apex court and wrote as under:
17.In the matter of R.K.Jain Vs. Union of India [2013 (14) SCC 794], the Honourable Apex Court concluded that the authority has to decide whether confidential information could be disclosed to a third person. It also has to consider whether such disclosure would amount to the invasion of the privacy of a public servant. It is the prerogative of the competent authority to decide whether the disclosure of such information would open gates of privacy to a third party.
18.It cannot be lost sight of in this case that the relation between the person seeking information of the lady, who is employed in a private company, is that of a husband and wife.On account of a marital discord, the wife has dragged the husband before the District Court.For the purposes of his litigation, the husband requires the information about the salary and provident fund accumulations of the wife. Such information could also be acquired by the husband by making an application before the District Court. Rather than perpetuating the hardships of the husband, the CIC has found it fit to direct the petitioner to disclose the said information.
Therefore,Information of spouse can be sought under right to information act.
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