Dekkhan Agriculturists' Relief Act, 1879 ACT NO. 17 OF 1879 [ 29th October, 1879.] Prea An Act for the relief of Indebted Agriculturists in certain parts of the Dekkhan.

1. Short title, Commencement. This Act may be cited as the

Dekkhan Agriculturists' Relief Act, 1879: and it shall come into force on the first day of November, 1879. Local extent. This section and] sections 11, 56, 60 and 62 extend to the whole of India except the territories which, immediately before the

1st. November, 1956, were comprised in Part B States]]. The rest of this Act extends only to the districts of Poona, Satara, Sholapur and Ahmednagar but may, from time to time, be extended wholly or in part by the State Government to any other district or districts in the territories which, immediately before the 1st November,


, were comprised in the State of Bombay,]] or to any part or parts of any other such district or districts].

11. Agriculturists to be sued where they reside. Every suit of the description mentioned in section 3, clause (w) may, if the defendant, or, when there are several defendants, one only of such defendants, is an agriculturist, be instituted and tried in a Court within the local limits of whose jurisdiction such defendant resides,

and not elsewhere. Every such suit in which there are several defendants who are agriculturists may be instituted and tried in a Court within the local limits of whose jurisdiction any one of such defendants resides, and not elsewhere. Nothing herein contained shall affect sections 22 to 25 (both inclusive) of the Code of Civil Procedure.

56. Instruments executed by agriculturist not to be deemed valid unless executed before a Village registrar. No instrument which purports to create, modify, transfer, evidence or extinguish an obligation for the payment of money or a charge upon any property, or to be a conveyance or lease, and which is executed after this Act comes into force by an agriculturist residing in any local area for which a Village- registrar has been appointed, shall be admitted in evidence for any purpose by any person having by law or consent of parties authority to receive evidence, or shall be acted upon by any such person or by any public officer, unless such instrument is written by, or under the superintendence of, and is attested by, a

Village- registrar: Provided that nothing herein contained shall prevent the admission of any instrument in evidence in any criminal proceeding, or apply to any instrument which is executed by an agriculturist merely as a surety,] or to any instrument required by section 17 of the Indian Registration Act, 1877 (3 of 1877.), to be registered under that Act.]

60. Registration under this Act to be deemed equivalent to registration under Indian Registration Act, 1877. Every instrument executed and registered in accordance with the foregoing provisions shall be deemed to have been duly registered under the provisions of the Indian Registration Act, 1877 (3 of 1877.); and no instrument which ought to have been executed before a Village- registrar but has been otherwise executed shall be registered by any

officer acting under the said Act, or in any public office, or shall be authenticated by any public officer.

62. Exemption of instruments to which the Government or any officer of the Government is a party. Nothing in this Act shall be deemed to require any instrument, to which the Government or any officer of the Government in his official capacity is a party, to be executed before a Village- registrar .