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Section 34- The Indian Evidence Act, 1872

The Indian Evidence Act,1872

34. [Entries in books of account including those maintained in an electronic form] when relevant –

1Entries in books of accounts including those maintained in an electronic form], regularly kept in the course of business, are relevant whenever they refer to a matter into which the Court has to inquire, but such statements shall not alone be sufficient evidence to charge any person with liability.

Illustration

A sues B for Rs. 1,000, and shows entries in his account-books showing B to be indebted to him to this amount. The entries are relevant, but are not sufficient, without other evidence, to prove the debt.

COMMENTS

Admissibility

Entries in account books regularly kept in the course of business are admissible though they by themselves cannot create any liability; Ishwar Dass v. Sohan Lal, AIR 2000 SC 426.

Unbound sheets of paper are not books of account and cannot be relied upon; Dharam Chand Joshi v. Satya Narayan Bazaz, AIR 1993 Gau 35.

Books of account being only corroborative evidence must be supported by other evidence; Dharam Chand Joshi v. Satya Narayan Bazaz, AIR 1993 Gau 35.

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1. Subs. by Act 21 of 2000, sec. 92 and Sch. II, for Entries in the books of account (w.e.f. 17-10-2000).

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