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THE REGISTRATION ACT, 1908

Title : THE REGISTRATION ACT, 1908

Year : 1908



Documents (other than wills) remaining unclaimed in any registration-office for a period exceeding two years may be destroyed.



No registering officer shall be liable to any suit, claim or demand by reason of anything in good faith done or refused in his official capacity.



Nothing done in good faith pursuant to this Act or any Act hereby repealed, by any registering officer, shall be deemed invalid merely by reason of any defect in his appointment or procedure.



(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, it shall not be necessary for-

(a) Any officer of Government, or

(b) Any Administrator General, Official trustee or Official Assignee, or

(c) The Sheriff, Receiver or Registrar of a High Court, or

(d) The holder for the time being of such other public office as may be specified in a notification in the Official Gazette issued in that behalf by the State Government, to appear in person or by agent at any registration-office in any proceeding connected with the registration of any instrument executed by him or in his favour, in his official capacity, or to sign as provided in section 58.

(2) Any instrument executed by or in favour of an officer of
Government or any other person referred to in sub-section (1) may be presented for registration in such manner as may be prescribed by rules made under section 69.

(3) The registering officer to whom any instrument is presented for registration under this section may, if he thinks fit, refer to any Secretary to Government or to such officer of Government or other person referred to in sub-section (1) for information respecting the same and, on being satisfied of the execution thereof, shall register the instrument.]

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1. Subs. by Act 39 of 1948, s. 5.

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(1) Every officer granting a loan under the Land Improvement Loans Act, 1883 (19 of 1883), shall send a copy of his order to the registering officer within the local limits of whose jurisdiction the whole or any part of the land to be improved or of the land to be granted as collateral security, is situate, and such registering officer shall file the copy in his Book No. 1.

(2) Every Court granting a certificate of sale of immovable property under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (5 of 1908), shall send a copy of such certificate to the registering officer within the local limits of whose jurisdiction the whole or any part of the immovable property comprised in such certificate is situate, and such officer shall file the copy in his Book No. 1.

(3) Every officer granting a loan under the agriculturists Loans
Act, 1884 (12 of 1884), shall send a copy of any instrument whereby immovable property is mortgaged for the purpose of securing the repayment of the loan, and if any such property is mortgaged for the same purpose in the order granting the loan, a copy also of that order, to the registering officer within the local limits of whose jurisdiction the whole or any part of the property so mortgaged is situate, and such registering officer shall file the copy or copies, as the case may be, in his Book No. 1.

(4) Every Revenue-officer granting a certificate of sale to the purchaser of immovable property sold by public auction shall send a copy of the certificate to the registering officer within the local limits of whose jurisdiction the whole or any part of the property comprised in the certificate is situate, and such officer shall file the copy in his Book No. 1.



(1) Nothing contained in this act or in the Indian Registration Act, 1877 (3 of 1877), or in the Indian Registration Act, 1871 (8 of 1871), or in any Act thereby repealed, shall be deemed to require, or to have at any time required, the registration of any of the following documents or maps, namely:-

(a) Documents issued, received or attested by any officer engaged in making a settlement or revision of settlement of land-revenue, and which form part of the records of such settlement; or

(b) Documents and maps issued, received or authenticated by any officer engaged on behalf of Government in making or revising the survey of any land, and which form part of the record of such survey; or

(c) Documents which, under any law for the time being in force, are filed periodically in any revenue-office by patwaris or other officers charged with the preparation of village-records; or

(d) Sanads, inam title-deeds and other documents purporting to be or to evidence grants or assignments by Government of land or of any interest in land; or

(e) Notices given under section 74 or section 76 of the Bombay Land Revenue Code, 1879 (Bom. 5 of 1879), or relinquishment of occupancy by occupants or of alienated land by holders of such land.

(2) All such documents and maps shall, for the purposes of sections 48 and 49, be deemed to have been and to be registered in accordance with the provisions of this Act.



[(1)] 1* Subject to such rules and the previous payment of such fees as the 1* [State Government, by notification in the Official Gazette prescribes in this behalf] all documents and maps mentioned in section 90, clauses (a),(b), (c) and (e), and all registers of the documents mentioned in clause (d), shall be open to the inspection of any person applying to inspect the same, and, subject as aforesaid, copies of such documents shall be given to all persons applying for such copies.

2*[(2) Every rule prescribed under this section or made under section 69 shall be laid, as soon as it is made, before the State
Legislature.]

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1. Re-numbered subs. by Act 20 of 1983, s. 2 & Sch. (w.e.f. 15-3-1984).

2. Ins. by Act 20 of 1983, s. 2 & Sch. ibid. (w.e.f. 15-3-1984).

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Rep, by the A. O.1937.



Rep. by the Repealing Act, 1938 (1 of 1938), s. 2.and Sch.

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