3rd Party Passport Details are Allowed

Central Information Commission

CIC/OK/A/2008/987/AD
Dated December 22, 2008

Name of the Appellant : Mr.Ansari Masud A.K
192-Kutbi Manzil, Flat No.10
CST Road, Kurla (W)
Mumbai 400 070

Name of Public Authority : The CPIO
Ministry of External Affairs
Regional Passport Office
Worli
Mumbai 400 025

Background
1. The RTI request was filed on 14.3.07. The Appellant requested for information about the passport and other enclosures of passport of one mr. Janu Pawar besides action taken on his complaint dated 28.4.08 . The CPIO replied on 13.5.08 denying the information under Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act. Dissatisfied with the reply, the Appellant filed his first appeal on 5.6.08. The Appellate Authority replied on 12.6.08 dismissing the appeal. The Appellant filed his second appeal before the CIC on 24.7.08.

2. The Bench of Mrs. Annapurna Dixit, Information Commissioner, scheduled the hearing on December 22, 2008

3. Mr.B.S.Rokade, Asst. Passport Officer and RPIO represented the Public Authority.

4. The Appellant Mr.Ansari Masud A.K. was represented by Mr Mohd. Arif Khan during the hearing.

Decision
5. The Appellant’s representative submitted that he is not well versed with the details of the case and was unable to respond to queries from the Commission.

6. The Commission holds that details of a passport are readily made available by any individual in a number of instances, example to travel agents, at airline counters, and whenever proof of residence for telephone connections etc. is required. For this reason, disclosure of details of a passport cannot be considered as causing unwarranted invasion of the privacy of an individual and, therefore, is not exempted from disclosure under Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act.

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7. After going through the arguments provided by the Appellant in his appeal and convinced that disclosure of details of the passport is in public interest, the Commission directs the PIO to provide the details of passport of Mr. Janu Pawar to the Appellant as requested in his RTI application within 15 days of receipt of this Order.

8. The appeal is disposed off.
(Annapurna Dixit)
Information Commissioner

Authenticated true copy: (K.G.Nair)Designated Officer

1. Mr.Ansari Masud A.K
192-Kutbi Manzil, Flat No.10
CST Road, Kurla (W)
Mumbai 400 070

2. The CPIO
Ministry of External Affairs
Regional Passport Office
Worli
Mumbai 400 025

3. Officer incharge, NIC

4. Press E Group, CIC

4 thoughts on “3rd Party Passport Details are Allowed

  1. Sir, can u provide SC/HC judgement regarding passport details of spouse to be provided, please.

  2. Sir, I made appl. reg suppression of fact in affidavit by wife. Then I asked 4 my wife’s passport details bt PIO, Gujrat denied it citing Guj HC order no. Plz help

  3. You have to file RTI with passport Authority. unless its threat to her life/ or damage any business they have to give all the details, as passport is not her property, its publc details.

    for more ask here http://advice.mynation.net

  4. Sir Is it a legal offense for a married person to travel using his/her passport/ visa with single marital status.
    Rohit Mattoo 9871077866

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