Documentary evidence outweighs oral testimony

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In a recent judgment, the Supreme Court held that revenue recorded entries have statutory presumption attached to them, and oral evidence, to the contrary, will not be sufficient, as witnesses may lie but documents do not.

In Shri Partap Singh v Shiv Ram, a suit was filed by the plaintiffs claiming to be the owner of land against the defendant, who was appointed as a manager to look after the property. On allegations of misfeasance, the plaintiffs terminated the services of the manager and asked him to hand over the charge of the properties, and later filed a suit for a permanent injunction, mandatory injunction and for possession of land.

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