Section 35 Indian Stamp Act
Section 35 of the Indian Stamp Act 1899 is about Instruments not duly stamped inadmissible in evidence, etc. It is under CHAPTER IV (Instruments Not Duly Stamped) of the Act.
Instruments not duly stamped inadmissible in evidence, etc.
No instrument chargeable with duty 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, registered or authenticated by any such person or by any public officer, unless such instrument is duly stamped :
(a) any such instrument 1[shall] be admitted in evidence on payment of the duty with which the same is chargeable, or, in the case of any instrument insufficiently stamped, of the amount required to make up such duty, together with a penalty of five rupees, or, when ten times the amount of the proper duty or deficient portion thereof exceeds five rupees, of a sum equal to ten times such duty or portion;
(b) where any person from whom a stamped receipt could have been demanded, has given an unstamped receipt and such receipt, if stamped, would be admissible in evidence against him, then such receipt shall be admitted in evidence against him on payment of a penalty of one rupee by the person tendering it;
(c) where a contract or agreement of any kind is effected by correspondence consisting of two or more letters and any one of the letters bears the proper stamp, the contract or agreement shall be deemed to be duly stamped;
(d) nothing herein contained shall prevent the admission of any instrument in evidence in any proceeding in a Criminal Court, other than a proceeding under Chapter XII or Chapter XXXVI of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1898 (V of 1898);
(e) nothing herein contained shall prevent the admission of any instrument in any Court when such instrument has been executed by or on behalf of the Government, or where it bears the certificate of the Collector as provided by section 32 or any other provision of this Act. STATE AMENDMENT
Amendment of section 35.–In section 35 of the principal Act, in the proviso in clause (d), for the words and figures Chapter XII or Chapter XXXVI of the Code of criminal Procedure, 1898, the words and figures sections 125 to 128 and sections 145 to 148 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 shall be substituted.
[Vide Uttar Pradesh Act 6 of 1980, s. 7]
Amendment of section 35. In section 35 of the principal Act, in clause (a) of the proviso for the words five rupees. or, when ten times the amount of the proper duty of deficient portion thereof exceeds five rupees, of a sum equal to ten times such duty or portion: the following words shall be substituted, namely :–
a sum equal to ten times the amount of the proper duty or deficient portion thereof ;
[Vide Uttar Pradesh Act 22 of 1998, s. 3]