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Section 79- The Indian Evidence Act, 1872

The Indian Evidence Act,1872

79. Presumption as to genuineness of certified copies –

The Court shall presume 1to be genuine every document purporting to be a certificate, certified copy, or other document, which is by law declared to be admissible as evidence of any particular fact, and which purports to be duly certified by any officer 2of the Central Government or of a State Government, or by any officer 3in the State of Jammu and Kashmir who is duly authorized there to by the Central Government:

Provided that such document is substantially in the form and purports to be executed in the manner directed by law in that behalf.

The Court shall also presume that any officer by whom any such document purports to be signed or certified, held, when he signed, the official character which he claims in such paper.


1. Ins. by the A.O. 1948.

2. The original word beginning from in British India and ending with the words to be genuine have been successively amended by the A.O. 1937, A.O. 1948 and A.O. 1950 to read as above.

3. Subs. by Act 3 of 1951, sec. 3 and Sch., for in a Part B State .

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