June 16, 2018
It has been recently reported that the High Court of Bombay in a case has accepted service of notice through WhatsApp. While accepting the service of notice Justice GS Patel remarked that not only the WhatsApp message but also the attached document in PDF format was opened by the recipient, hence the same was deemed to be duly received.
In the case, the High Court was taking up an execution application wherein the recipient Rohit Jadhav was evading the receipt of notice.
This is not the first instance that a Court has allowed service of summons through technological means. In May last year, the Delhi High Court in the case Tata Sons Limited & ors. v. John Doe(s) & ors. had permitted the Plaintiff to serve summons upon the Defendant by text message or WhatsApp or e-mail and to file affidavit of service.