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Can I get call details from the BSNL under RTI Act

Shivendra Pratap Singh


High Court Lucknow


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Question asked on: 17 Dec, 2019

Question: Can I get call details under RTI Act? I want to get call details and tower location of my BSNL mobile number to know when was my mobile misused & who was involved?

The Right to Information Act is an important legislation that enables citizens to access public information held by government organizations. However, it is important to note that not all types of information can be accessed through this Act.

For instance, if you want to obtain call details of your mobile number, it is not considered as public information and hence the RTI Act will not apply in this case. Instead, you should directly contact your mobile operator to obtain this information.

Some people believe that since BSNL is a government corporation, call details can be obtained through the RTI. However, this is a misconception as the Act only applies to public information held by government bodies, and not information held by public organizations.

It is important to remember that the purpose of the RTI Act is to provide public information to Indian citizens for the greater public interest. Disclosure of information about an individual’s own mobile number does not serve any public interest, and hence, cannot be sought through the RTI.

In such cases, it is advisable to contact the concerned authority of the mobile service provider and request the information directly from them.

If you want to access public information through the RTI, you can visit the RTI portal of the Government of India. However, it is important to note that the Act has certain limitations and may not be applicable in all cases.