Can I file RTI to get the details of other person IT details?
The Income Tax Department is a public authority and the RTI Act is applicable to it.
However, obtaining the details of Income Tax Returns (ITR) of a third person under RTI Act depends on a number of factors. Accessing a third person's ITR is not permissible under the RTI Act. Personal information is exempt from disclosure under section 8 of RTI Act. However, a larger public interest has to be highlighted in the RTI Application which warrants the disclosure of such information, this information may be disclosed under RTI Act.
In case of obtaining ITR of the spouse, such information would not constitute personal information and section 8(1)(j) would not be applicable and a larger public interest in involved which overrides personal information. As per a recent CIC judgment titled Prashansa Sharma v Delhi Transco Ltd dated 03.02.2015, it has been laid down that spouses have a right to access each others income details including ITR details.