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Section 2 of the Registration Act 1908: Definitions

Section 2 (Definitions) under Part I (Preliminary) of the Registration Act, 1908 —

❝In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,—

(1) “Addition” means the place of residence, and the profession, trade, rank and title (if any) of a person described, and in the case of an Indian, his father's name, or where he is usually described as the son of his mother, then his mother's name;

(2) “Book” includes a portion of a book and also any number of sheets connected together with a view of forming a book or portion of a book;

(3) “District” and “sub-district” respectively mean a district and sub-district formed under this Act;

(4) “District Court” includes the High Court in its ordinary original civil jurisdiction;

(5) “Endorsement” and “endorsed” include and apply to an entry in writing by a registering officer on a rider or covering slip to any document tendered for registration under this Act;

(6) “Immovable Property” includes land, buildings, hereditary allowances, rights to ways, lights, ferries, fisheries or any other benefit to arise out of land, and things attached to the earth, or permanently fastened to anything which is attached to the earth, but not standing timber, growing crops nor grass;

(6A) “India” means the territory of India excluding the State of Jammu and Kashmir;

(7) “Lease” includes a counterpart, kabuliyat, and undertaking to cultivate or occupy, and an agreement to lease;

(8) “Minor” means a person who, according to the personal law to which he is subject, has not attained majority;

(9) “Movable Property” includes standing timber, growing crops and grass, fruit upon and juice in trees, and property of every other description, except immovable property; and

(10) “Representative” includes the guardian of a minor and the committee or other legal curator of a lunatic or idiot.❞



The Registration Act, 1908 (Act No. 16 of 1908) was amended by:

01. The Decentralisation Act, 1914 (Act No. 04 of 1914);
02. The Destruction of Records Act, 1917 (Act No. 05 of 1917);
03. The Indian Registration (Amendment) Act, 1917 (Act No. 15 of 1917);
04. The Indian Registration (Amendment) Act, 1920 (Act No. 38 of 1920);
05. The Indian Registration (Amendment) Act, 1926 (Act No. 13 of 1926);
06. The Indian Registration (Amendment) Act, 1927 (Act No. 02 of 1927);
07. The Repealing and Amending Act, 1927 (Act No. 10 of 1927);
08. The Indian Registration (Amendment) Act, 1929 (Act No. 15 of 1929);
09. The Transfer of Property (Amendment) Supplementary Act, 1929 (Act No. 21 of 1929);
10. The Government of India (Adaptation of Indian Laws) Order, 1937;
11. The Repealing Act, 1938 (Act No. 01 of 1938);
12. The Indian Registration (Amendment) Act, 1940 (Act No. 33 of 1940);
13. The Indian Registration (Amendment) Act, 1948 (Act No. 39 of 1948);
14. The Indian Independence (Adaptation of Central Acts and Ordinances) Order, 1948;
15. The Adaptation of Laws Order, 1950;
16. The Part B States (Laws) Act, 1951 (Act No. 03 of 1951);
17. The Indian Registration (Amendment) Act, 1956 (Act No. 17 of 1956);
18. The Indian Registration (Amendment) Act, 1969 (Act No. 45 of 1969);
19. The Delegated Legislation Provisions (Amendment) Act, 1983 (Act No. 20 of 1983);
20. The Registration and Other Related Laws (Amendment) Act, 2001 (Act No. 48 of 2001).

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