The Delhi High Court held that the parties do not need to be physically present for the registration of the marriage. They can join through video conference in front of the concerned sub-division. A bench of Justice Rekha Palli pronounced this judgment on a petition filed by an NRI couple. The petitioners told the court that they were married in the year 2001. Currently live in America.
He urged the High Court to allow the Delhi government to accept the online application for registration of their marriage under the Compulsory Registration of Marriage Order 2014 and to appear before the officer through video conferencing. Advocate Vibha Datta Makhija, appearing for the petitioners, submitted that the government has misinterpreted provision four of the marriage order.
Makhija told the court that the word personal is being treated as physical presence in the provision. This was troubling the petitioners. He said that at present both are in America and cannot come to India due to Corona epidemic. They cannot appear before the SDM. Vibha Dutta said that the couple needed a marriage registration certificate to apply for a green card in the US.