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HC favours firm identity proofs for property registration


HC favours firm identity proofs for property registration

Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27

In an order that will change the way properties are registered in the state, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that it wanted the buyers, sellers and even the witnesses to come up with concrete identity proofs such as a passport or PAN. The Bench also favoured the installation of high-definition CCTV cameras in every registration office across the state.

The High Court has, in fact, asked the Chief Secretary to explain why it should be not made mandatory for every vendor, vendee and witnesses to show firm proof of their identity such as passports or PAN cards.

Justice Amol Rattan Singh asserted that numberdars and others unfortunately and too often appeared and identified witnesses to be persons they were not resulting in the initiation of criminal proceedings by one side or the other.

Justice Amol Rattan Singh also took judicial notice of the fact that far too often criminal and civil proceedings were being initiated on the basis of allegation that either the Registrar was not registering the sale deed for extraneous consideration or persons going in for registration were actually getting themselves marked present even after the registration hours. In the process, they were trying to create an alibi in civil proceedings especially pertaining to specific performance of a contract.

Justice Amol Rattan Singh directed the Chief Secretary to further elaborate why high definition video cameras should not be installed inside and outside every single registration office to determine who went in and came out.

The Chief Secretary was further asked to explain why the footage should not be preserved for three months at least for enabling the aggrieved to approach the competent authority, including the court, to prove his grievance.

The directions on a petition filed by Manjit Singh alias Pinka against the state came after the Bench was told that computer software programme generating sale deeds catered to only two photographs. As such, group photographs were being taken of all buyers on one side and sellers on the other. The witnesses were also included in such photographs.

‘Install HD CCTVs’

Besides making it clear that the the High Court wanted the buyers, sellers and even the witnesses to come up with concrete identity proofs such as a passport or PAN, the Bench also favoured installation of high-definition CCTV cameras in every registration office.

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