The Madras Substantial Court docket has occur down intensely on advocates who get appointed as notaries both by the Centre or the Point out federal government, sit in their motor vehicles parked exterior court complexes with banners titled ‘Notary Public’ and indication each other document for monetary thought.
Justices N. Kirubakaran and V.M. Velumani stated: “The reason of notary is not this. The notaries are governed by the Notaries Act of 1952 and sure substantial obligations have been entrusted on them with regard to attestation of authorized files.
“However, to the shock and surprise of this courtroom, a lot of blank but signed notary certificates are offered effortlessly even in bunk outlets in lots of towns. The notaries are not discharging their functions adequately and they are advertising signed or blank stamp papers for consideration.
“The reported blank papers signed by the notaries are misused by a lot of get-togethers. Therefore, this court suo motu impleads the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and the Governing administration of Tamil Nadu, represented by its Regulation Secretary as respondents to this case,” the judges said.
They directed the Bar Council as effectively as the Point out federal government to file specific reports within two months listing out the selection of grievances acquired in the last 10 several years from all those practising as notaries and the action that had been taken on the basis of all those problems.
The orders were passed when disposing of a habeas corpus petition submitted by a resident of Salem accusing a regional youngster of obtaining kidnapped his 21-yr-previous school-likely daughter. On the other hand, the female appeared before the court and claimed to have eloped with her lover. The court was also advised that the pair entered into a written marriage settlement and got it attested by a Notary Community. When the judges questioned the validity of the agreement and summoned the notary, he apologised and pleaded with the court to pardon him.
Right after creating it apparent that the woman would be at liberty to live with anyone as she pleases, the judges kept the HCP pending in order to take care of some type of accountability on the portion of these who get appointed as notaries by the Centre as well as the Point out govt. “Not only in this situation, but in quite a few situations, lots of notaries are certifying documents which are neither sustainable in law nor legally valid… They are issuing certificates in accordance to their whims and fancies which they are not supposed to.
“Therefore, there should be some obligation set on the Notary Community and there must be some mechanism to validate as to irrespective of whether the notaries are operating adequately or not,” the Division Bench observed.