High Court of Kerala on Thursday held in a significant judgment that information about bank accounts and income tax returns of a person constitute personal and private information.
The judgment was given in writ appeals filed by several petroleum outlet retailers.
The divisional bench comprising of Justices C K Abdul Rehim and Justice Narayana Pisharady said:
“There can be no doubt with regard to the fact that details of the bank account of a person constitute personal and private information. The statement of account of a person in a bank would reveal the amount in deposit in the bank and the amounts deposited and withdrawn in the past. It would give a clear picture of a person’s financial capacity. It would disclose the cash transactions which a person had with third parties. It would reveal the amount transferred to and received by a person from another. It may show the loans availed of by a person from the bank. Habits of a person, his life style, his association with other persons and many other personal matters can be deduced from a close scrutiny of his bank account for some period. Therefore, we have no hesitation to hold that details of the bank account of a person constitute personal information and that any demand made to disclose such information amounts to infringement of his right to privacy.”