RTI comes to the resue of a battered husband
In a marital discord case, the wife was demanding Rs.15,000/- as monthly maintenance charges on the basis of a return of income filed by the husband showing an income of Rs.5 lakhs odd. This came as a shock to the husband who had just started as a medical practioner after completing studies, and had not even filed any return of income. He approached the Department and filed an application under the RTI to know who has filed the return under the acknowledgement number as sumbitted before the Court. He also enclosed a copy of the 'forged' return.
It was found that on that ack. number, another person had filed the return. Though the name of that another person was not disclosed to the applicant (u/s 8(1)(j) and also being third party information furnished in fidiucary capacity) , but from the information provided under the RTI Act, it was proved that the wife had filed forged documents before the Court. The husband was exempted from giving any maintenance charges to the wife.
It is difficult to judge as to who is right and who is wrong in such cases, but if the husband is indeed in a hand to mouth situation, he was saved from the financial burden.
wow! that is great case. I am shifting this case to 'Success Stories'
Quite an interesting case. I am happy that the battered husband had the presence of mind to make use of the RTI Act to wriggle himself out of an otherwise difficult situation.