Notaries/Oath Commissioners Not Authorised To Execute Marriage/Divorce Documents: MP High Court Calls For Strict Guidelines

first_imgNews UpdatesNotaries/Oath Commissioners Not Authorised To Execute Marriage/Divorce Documents: MP High Court Calls For Strict Guidelines Sparsh Upadhyay3 Jan 2021 11:34 PMShare This – xComing down heavily on Notaries/Oath Commissioners who are involving themselves in executing the document in respect of the marriage, divorce, etc, the Madhya Pradesh High Court last week called for strict guidelines, “to be issued to the Notaries and oath commissioners for not executing such type of deed, failing which their license would be terminated.” The Bench of Justice…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginComing down heavily on Notaries/Oath Commissioners who are involving themselves in executing the document in respect of the marriage, divorce, etc, the Madhya Pradesh High Court last week called for strict guidelines, “to be issued to the Notaries and oath commissioners for not executing such type of deed, failing which their license would be terminated.” The Bench of Justice Vivek Rusia observed, “The job of the Notary is defined under the Notary Act. He is not supposed to perform the marriage by executing documents… Neither the Notary is authorized to perform the marriage nor competent to execute the divorce deed.” The matter before the Court The Court was hearing regular bail plea filed by the applicant – Mukesh, who was arrested for the offences punishable under Section 420, 467 and 468/34 of the IPC. As per prosecution story, the complainant – Jitendra submitted a written complaint against the Gayatribai, Nageshwar, and Omprakash alleging that with the common intention, they performed his (Jitendra) marriage with Gayatribai in Jaora Court on 9th September 2020, but after 5-6 days of the marriage, Gayatribai fled away from his house with all her belongings. During the investigation, the police recovered the stamp papers and arrested, Gayatribai, Nageshwar and Omprakash and recorded their statements u/s. 27 of the Evidence Act. According to them, they distributed the amount of Rs.1,50,000/- (given by the complainant to them) amongst themselves. The Counsel for the applicant submitted that the applicant has been falsely implicated in the case. It was stated that the applicant is in custody since 16th September 2020 and he had only introduced Gayatribai to the complainant for marriage and thereafter, he does not know whereabouts of Gayatribai. Court’s Order The Court observed that “not only the accused persons who conspired in performing the forged marriage of the complainant, but the Notary who executed the marriage agreement is also equally responsible in this case.” The Court further noted, “Had he properly guided and refused to execute the marriage agreement to the complainant, then the present offence would not have been committed… The Law Department of the State is required to look into these matters as to how the Notaries and Oath Commissioners are involving themselves in executing the document in respect of the marriage, divorce, etc, which are not permissible under the law” However, without commenting anything on the merits of the case, subject to deposit of Rs.50,000/- (Fifty Thousand) by the applicant in the trial Court, the Court directed that he shall be enlarged on bail and upon his furnishing, a personal bond in the sum of Rs.50,000/- with one surety in the like amount to the satisfaction of the trial Court. Case title – Mukesh S/o. Mr Lakshman @ Lakshminarayan. v. The state of M.P. [M.Cr.C. No. 44184 of 2020] Click Here To Download Order Read orderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more