HE REGISTRATION ACT
(Central Act No XVI OF 1908)
Registration of Penalties
81. Penalty for incorrectly endorsing, copying, translating or
registering documents with intent to injure. - Every registering officer
appointed under this Act and every person employed in his officer for the
purposes of this Act , who, being charged with the endorsing, copying,
translating or registering of any document presented or deposited under its
provisions, endorses, copies, translates or registers such document, in a
manner which he knows or believes to be incorrect, intending thereby to cause
or knowing it to be likely that he may thereby cause, injury, as defined in
the Indian Penal Code, to any person, shall be punishable with imprisonment
for a term which may extend to seven years, or with fine, or with both.
82. Penalty for making false statements, delivering false copies or
translations, false personation and abetment. - Whoever -
(a) Intentionally makes any false statement, whether on Oath or not,
and whether it has been recorded or not, before any officer acting in
execution of this Act, in any proceeding or enquiry under this Act; or
(b) intentionally delivers to a registering officer, in any proceeding
1[under this act or rules made thereunder] a false copy of translation of a
document or false copy of a map or plan ; or
(c) Falsely personates another, and in such assumed charter presents
any document, or makes any admission or statement, or causes any summons or
commision to be issued, or does nay other act in any proceeding or enquiry
under this Act ; or.
(d) Abets anything made punishable by this Act :
Shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to
seven years, or with fine, or with both.
1[82-A. Penalty in respect of deed writers - Whoever contravenes the
provisions of section 80-B or any term or condition of a licence granted
under rules made under section 69, shall be punishable with imprisonment
which may extend to one month or with fine which may extend to two handred
ruppees or with both.]
83. Registering officer may commence prosections. - (1) A prosecution
for any offence under this Act coming to the knowledge of a registering
officer in his official capacity may be commenced by or with the permission
of the Inspector General, the Registrar or the Sub-Registrar, in whose
territories, district or sub - district, as the case may be, the offence has
Note. 1. Inserted by Registration (Karnataka Amendment) Act 1976 with
effect from 25th October 1976.
(2) Offences punishable under this Act shall be triable by any court
or officer exercising powers not less than those of a Magistrate of the
84. Registering officer to be deemed public servants. - (1) Every
registering officer appointed under this Act shall be deemed to be a public
servant within the meaning of the Indian Penal Code.
(2) Every person shall be legally bound to furnish information to such
registering officer when required by him to do so.
(3) In section 228 of the Indian Penal Code, the words, "
Judicial proceeding" shall be deemed to include any proceeding under
85. Destruction of unclaimed documents - Documents ( other than wills)
remaining unclaimed in any registration office for a period exceeding two
years may be destroyed.
86. Registering officer not liable for thing bonafide done or refused
in his official capacity. No registering officer shall be liable to any suit, claim or
demand by reaons of anything in good faith done or refused in his official
87. Nothing so done invalidated by defect in appointment or procedure - 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
88. Registration of documents executed by Government officers or
certain public functionaries. - (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 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
(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.
89. Copies of certain orders, certificates and instruments to be sent
to registering officer and filed. - (1) Every officer granting a loan under the Land Improvement
Loans Act, 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, 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
(3) Every officer granting a loan under the Agriculturists Loans Act,
1884, shall send a copy of any instrument whereby immovable property is
mortgaged for the purpose of secruing the repayment of the loan, and if any
such property is mortgated for the same purpose in the order granting the
lona, 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
Exemption from Act
90. Exemption of certain documents executed by or in favour of
Government. - (1) Nothing contained in this Act, or in the Indian
Registration Act, 1877, or in the Indian Registration Act, 1871, or in, any
Act there by 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 from
part of the records of such settlements; or
(b) documents and maps issued, received or authenticated by any officer
engaged on behald of Government in making or revisting 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
filled periodically in any revenue office by patwaries or other officers
charges 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, of 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 section 48
and 49, be deemed to have been and to be registered in accordance with the
provisions of this Act.
91. Inspection and copies of such documents. - 1[(1)] Subject to such rules
and the previous 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 aforesain, copies of such
documents shall be given to all persons applying for such copies.
1[(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.]
92. ( * * *. ) omitted by A.O. 1937.
93. ( * * * ) Repealed by Act of 1938.
2[Repeal.- (1) The Acts specified in the Schedule as in force in the
respective areas of the Sate mentioned against each enactment are hereby
repealed to the extent mentioned in the said Schedule.
(2) As from the date appointed under sub-section (3) of section 1, the
amendaments made by the enactments repealed by sub-section (1) (hereinafter
in this section referred to as the repealed enactments) shall cease to
continue and shall be omitted from the Registration Act. 1908 (Central Act 16
of 1908) (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the principal Act)], and
such of the provisions thereof as were affected by the repealed enactments
shall stand revived to the extent to which they would have otherwise contined
in operation but for the passing of the repealed enactments; and after such
revival the amendment made to the principal Act by this Act shall become
Provided that in respect of provisions which cease to continue by
virtue of this section, the provisions of section 6 of the Karnataka General
Clauses Act, 1899 (Karnataka Act 3 of 1899), shall be applicable as if such
provisions were enactments repealed by a Karnataka Act and in respect of
provisions which cease to continue but are re-enacted by this Act, the
provisions of sections 8 and 24 of the said Karnataka General Clauses Act,
1899 shall be applicable as if the said provisions had been repealed but
re-enacted by a Karnataka Act.
Note. 1. The delegated Legislation provisions (Amendment) Act 1983
(Act No. 20 of 1983). Published in Gazette in Gazette of India, 1st September
1983. Part II-S-1 Ext. P 1 (No. 23).
2. Inserted by Registration (Karnataka Amendment) Act 1976 with effect
from 25th October 1976.
(See Section 19)
S.I. Year No. of Name of Enactment Area where Extent
No. of Enact- the enact- of
Enact- ment ment is repeal
ment in force
1. 1930 XVII The Indian Registration Belguam Whole
(Bombay Amendment) Area Act, 1930
2. 1933 XVIII The Indian Registration Belguam Whole
(Bombay Amendment) Area Act 1933.
3. 1938 XXIV The Indian Registration Belguam Section 3
(Bombay Amendment) Area to 8 of the Act, 1938 Act.
1[Repeal. - Sections 2, 4 to 12 (both inclusive), section 15, section
18 of the Registration (Karnataka Amendment) Act, 1976 (Karnataka Act 55 of
1976) are hereby repealed]
Note. 1. Inserted by the Registration (Karnataka Amendment) Act, 1984
(Karnataka Act No. 41 of 1984) Section 6.