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DECLARATION BY REAL OWNER AGAINST FORGED AND IMPERSONATED SALE DEEDS NOT REQUIRED

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Justice S.N.Variava, & Justice V.N.Khare in a case before supreme court, in Shri Ram & Anr. v. Ist Addl. Distt. Judge & Ors., Reported in (2001) 3 SCC 24 AIR 2001 SC 1250 “On analysis of the decisions cited above, we are of the opinion that where a recorded tenure holder having a prima facie title and in possession files suit in the civil court for cancellation of sale deed having obtained on the ground of fraud or impersonation cannot be directed to file a suit for declaration in the revenue court reason being that in such a case, prima facie, the title of the recorded tenure holder is not under cloud. He does not require declaration of his title to the land. The position would be different where a person not being a recorded tenure holder seeks cancellation of sale deed by filing a suit in the civil court on the ground of fraud or impersonation. There necessarily the plaintiff is required to seek a declaration of his title and, therefore, he may be directed to approach the revenue court, as the sale deed being void has to be ignored for giving him relief for declaration and possession.”

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