Thursday, 13 September 2018

Whether oral evidence can be given in respect of unregistered exchange deed?

 It is clear from the above judgment that the best evidence of the contents of the document is the document itself and as required Under Section 91 of the Evidence Act the document itself has to be produced to prove its contents. But having regard to Section 49 of the Registration Act, any document which is not registered as required under law, would be inadmissible in evidence and cannot, therefore, be produced and proved Under Section 91 of the Evidence Act. Since Exhibit P2 is an unregistered document, it is inadmissible in evidence and as such it can neither be proved Under Section 91 of the Evidence Act nor any oral evidence can be given to prove its contents. Therefore, the High Court has rightly discarded the exchange deed at Exhibit P2.

Civil Appeal No. 5415 of 2011

Decided On: 02.07.2018

Shyam Narayan Prasad Vs. Krishna Prasad and Ors.

Hon'ble Judges/Coram:
Abhay Manohar Sapre and S. Abdul Nazeer, JJ.

Citation: (2018) 7 SCC 646.
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