Generally, most countries do not entertain mutual legal assistance requests if the date of appearance/hearing of a case is less than three months away. Moreover, 2-3 weeks are to be allowed for the file to be examined by the concerned Ministry in India. In total, you would need to plan for about 4-5 months for effecting service of summons in a foreign country.
In civil or commercial matters, some countries (ex: Canada, Australia) charge a fee for serving summons. Please contact the relevant Indian Embassy or Consulate to get details in this regard.
India is a signatory to the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extra-Judicial documents in Civil and Commercial Matters. Therefore, the formal method for service in India with effect from August 1, 2007 is pursuant to the Hague Convention, taking into account the declaration or special conditions mentioned by India in while signing the Hague Convention. The declarations made by India while signing the Convention include the following: