Are documents obtained by RTI valid in the court of law?


1) I have obtained some public documents thru RTI, The Documents has been stamped as "UNDER RTI ACT", Is this documents is valid to submit in consumer forums. 2) What is difference between "Certified Copy" and a document stamped as "UNDER RTI".

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1.Documents obtaned under RTI Act are very much admissible in consumer court or any other court since they have been issued by a govt /public authority and carry the seal of that department.you can safely file them in any court.
2. A certified copy is supplied by the court. not a public authority


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Hi,

The documents obtained under RTI can be filed in the court.. There is no problem with its authenticity.. Remember to file original RTI documents and not the photocopy.
2. Certified copy generally refer to those documents dully stamped and signed by an authority who have possession of it legally..

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1. Yes, the documents that you have obtained under RTI Act and stamped as "UNDER RTI ACT" are valid and will be taken into consideration by the consumer forums.
2. A certified copy is a copy of a primary/original document that has been verified as being a true copy of it. However, a document stamped as UNDER RTI verifies it to be a valid and legal document given under the Right to Information Act.

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