Court Allows Service of Summon by WhatsApp, Text Message

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March 24, 2018

It has been reported that Karkardooma Court at Delhi recently in a case taken up by it has allowed the Petitioner to serve summons on the Respondent no. 1 through WhatsApp, Text messages and through e-mail.

The Court in the case while allowing Petitioner’s plea stated that as the Petitioner was residing in Australia and ordinary service shall take time, the Petitioner is allowed to serve summons upon the Respondent no. 1 through WhatsApp, text messages and e-mail.  Petitioner is directed to file an affidavit with regard to the submission/ fact that e-mail ID, mobile number etc. belongs to Respondent no. 1 and the service has been effected upon him only. As per reports, the case pertained to domestic violence.

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.