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If the NGDRS is unable to accept the documents which are otherwise fit to be registered, the registering authorities throughout the state shall accept those documents for registration through the offline system :Tripura High Court

The Tripura High Court in the case of Nikhil Tripura Deed Writers’ Welfare Association vs The State of Tripura & Ors. (WP(C) No. 352 of 2022) upheld that if the National Generic Document Registration System (NGDRS) is unable to accept the documents which are otherwise fit to be registered, the registering authorities throughout the state shall accept those documents for registration through the offline system. 

Facts of the case: The petitioner is an association of Deed Writers whose profession is to write deeds and to assist the person intending any instrument to be registered. The grievance that has been canvassed in this writ petition emanates from deficiency and improper functioning of Tripura Online Registration System (for short, TORS) which is integrated to National Generic Document Registration System (for short, NGDRS). According to the petitioner, the persons intending to get the registrable instruments registered are facing harassment. Twenty Five categories of registrable deeds are not being accepted by the online system of registration.

The petitioner has urged this court to re-introduce the offline registration system till the online system is made stabilized and fully operational.

Judgment: It has been understood by the registering authorities that NGDRS are not ready to accommodate all sorts of documents that may be presented for registration. As it appears, NGDRS is being run experimentally.

Learned Advocate General had submitted that the State was not averse to accept any proposal in respect of seamless registration and delivery of registered instruments, at a time when it is an admitted position at least 12 categories of deeds cannot be registered through this system. Registration of those categories of deeds should be allowed offline, as existed prior to introduction of NGDRS software unless the system is upgraded to its optimal efficient level.

The court held that if the Tripura Online Registration System (for short, TORS) which is integrated to the National Generic Document Registration System (NGDRS, for short) is unable to accept the documents which are otherwise fit to be registered, the registering authorities throughout the state shall accept those documents for registration through the offline system that was existing prior to introduction of TORS, for the time being, till the system is expanded, rectified and reconfigured and upgraded to its optimal functional level.

JUDGMENT REVIEWED BY : SHUBHANGI CHAUDHARY

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