Is it necessary to produce ID proof to get one’s own bank account details?
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the State Bank of India (SBI) seeking copies of account opening forms in respect of his own State Bank (SB) account, his PPF accounts and that of his wife. The Public Information Officer (PIO) was unable to verify the identity of the appellant and denied the information treating it as third party Information. The PIO also invited the appellant to prove his identity and to deposit a sum of Rs.8/- as photocopying charges.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the respondent stated that if the appellant provides an ID proof, then the sought information can be provided as per banking operational norms. The respondent also indicated an account holder should not resort to RTI route to seek information about his own account because the same can be provided as per the normal banking operational system.
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The Commission agreed with the decision of the respondent and noted that no further action is required in the matter.
Citation: Mr. B.D. Gupta v. State Bank of India in Decision No. CIC/VS/A/2012/000083/02759
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1224
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