No affidavit to be sworn in deponent’s absence: CJM

DIMAPUR, JAN 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/23/2020 10:58:49 AM IST

Office of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Dimapur has informed that guidelines have been framed to streamline the swearing of affidavits before the Judicial Magistrates in the light of complaints from various individuals and civil society organisations regarding the veracity and authenticity of affidavits purportedly sworn before the Chief Judicial Magistrate/Judicial Magistrate Class Dimapur and published in the local newspapers for public dissemination by deponents.

In a circular, CJM Ajongba Imchen stated that affidavits to be sworn before Magistrate would be administered in person and duly registered in Court. 

CJM informed that, henceforth, no affidavit would be sworn in the absence of the deponent or through representatives.

Notaries have been advised to desist from using the terms Chief Judicial Magistrate/ Judicial Magistrate 1st Class/Magistrate in affidavits sworn before them. CJM asserted that the use of dual meaning terms such as Magistrate/ Notary Public in affidavits sworn before Notary Public would be discontinued to prevent any confusion in the matter. 

CJM said that such misrepresentation of facts and misuse of the Court nomenclature in newspapers and the public domain has been bringing disrepute to the Judicial institution and would invite penalty under relevant provisions of the IPC, 1860 for the offence of personation. 

Further, CJM has informed the general public that it was a criminal offence u/s. 191,193,195,199 of IPC, 1860 to make a false affidavit. 



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