Relevance of Electronically Stored Information in Indian Courts?
(Querist) 30 January 2009
This query is : Resolved
What degree of importance does electronically stored information has compared to physical form? Does the court ask for more evidence in the form of physical documents or cross verification once documents stored electronically are produced before the court? Is there any form in which the documents are to be stored and what is the time limit for which the company is obliged to store the information?
(Expert) 05 February 2009
Electronically stored information is as good as any other form of evidence provided its genuineness and authenticity is proved. Courts do not ask for physical documents or cross verification for such documents in each and every case. It is only when the electronically evidence is not the primary evidence that the court will ask for primary evidence like documents or other evidence. There is no prescribed proforma for storage of documents nor there is any time limit for the companies for storage of information. However, it is desirable that the information should be stored at the earliest.