Section 92 Indian Evidence Act 1872

Section 1-2 3. Interpretation-clause Section 4 5. Evidence may be given of facts in issue and relevant facts. 6. Relevancy of facts forming part of same transaction 7. Facts which are the occasion, cause or effect of facts in issue 8. Motive, preparation and previous or subsequent conduct 9. Facts necessary to explain or introduce relevant facts 10. Things said or done by conspirator in reference to common design 11. When facts not otherwise relevant become relevant 12. In suits for damages, facts tending to enable Court to determine amount are relevant 13. Facts relevant when right or custom is in question 14. Facts showing existence of state of mind, or of body, of bodily feeling 15. Facts bearing on question whether act was accidental or intentional 16. Existence of course of business when relevant 17. Admission defined 18. Admission 19. Admissions by persons whose position must be proved as against party to suit 20. Admissions by persons expressly referred to by party to suit 21. Proof of admissions against persons making them, and by or on their behalf 22. When oral admissions as to contents of documents are relevant 22A. When oral admission as to contents of electronic records are relevant 23. Admissions in civil cases when relevant 24. Confession caused by inducement, threat or promise, when irrelevant in criminal proceeding. 25. Confession to police-officer not to be proved 26. Confession by accused while in custody of Police not to be proved against him. 27. How much of information received from accused, may be proved 28. Confession made after removal of impression caused by inducement, threat or promise, relevant. 29. Confession otherwise relevant not to become irrelevant because of promise of secrecy, etc. 30. Consideration of proved confession affecting person making it and others jointly under trial for same offence. 31. Admissions not conclusive proof, but may estop. 32. Cases in which statement of relevant fact by person who is dead or cannot be found, etc., is relevant. 33. Relevancy of certain evidence for proving, in subsequent proceeding, the truth of facts therein stated 34. Entries in books of account when relevant. 35. Relevancy of entry in public record made in performance of duty. 36. Relevancy of statements in maps, charts and plans. 37. Relevancy of statement as to fact of public nature contained in certain Acts or notifications. 38. Relevancy of statements as to any law contained in law-books. 39. What evidence to be given when statement from part of a conversation, document, electronic record, book or series of letters or papers. 40. Previous judgments relevant to bar a second suit or trial. 41. Relevancy of certain judgments in probate, etc., jurisdiction. 42. Relevancy and effect of judgments, orders or decrees, other than those mentioned in section 41. 43. Judgments, etc., other than those mentioned in sections 40, 41 and 42, when relevant. 44. Fraud or collusion in obtaining judgment, or incompetency of Court, may be proved. 45. Opinions of experts. 45A. Opinion of Examiner of Electronic Evidence 46. Facts hearing upon opinions of experts. 47. Opinion as to handwriting, when relevant. 47A. Opinion as to digital signature, when relevant 48. Opinion as to existence of right or custom, when relevant. 49. Opinion as to usages, tenets, etc., when relevant. 50. Opinion on relationship, when relevant. 51. Grounds of opinion, when relevant. 52. In civil cases character to prove conduct imputed, irrelevant. 53. In criminal cases previous good character relevant. 53A. Evidence of character or previous sexual experience not relevant in certain cases. 54. Previous bad character not relevant, except in reply. 55. Character as affecting damages 56. Fact judicially noticeable need not be proved. 57. Facts of which Court must take judicial notice. 58. Facts admitted need not be proved. 59. Proof of facts by oral evidence. 60. Oral evidence must be direct. 61. Proof of contents of documents. 62. Primary evidence. 63. Secondary evidence. 64. Proof of documents by primary evidence. 65. Cases in which secondary evidence relating to documents may be given 65A. Special provisions as to evidence relating to electronic record. 65B. Admissibility of electronic records. 66. Rules as to notice to produce. 67. Proof of signature and handwriting of person alleged to have signed or written document produced. 67A. Proof as to electronic signature. 68. Proof of execution of document required by law to be attested. 69. Proof where no attesting witness found. 70. Admission of execution by party to attested document 71. Proof when attesting witness denies the execution. 72. Proof of document not required by law to be attested. 73. Comparison of signature, writing or seal with others admitted or proved. 73A. Proof as to verification of digital signature. 74. Public documents. 75. Private documents. 76. Certified copies of public documents. 77. Proof of documents by production of certified copies. 78. Proof of other official documents. 79. Presumption as to genuineness of certified copies 80. Presumption as to documents produced as record of evidence. 81. Presumption as to Gazettes, newspapers, private Acts of Parliament and other documents. 81A. Presumption as to Gazettes in electronic forms. 82. Presumption as to document admissible in England without proof of seal or signature. 83. Presumption as to maps or plans made by authority of Government. 84. Presumption as to collections of laws and reports of decisions. 85. Presumptions as to powers-of-attorney. 85A. Presumption as to electronic agreements. 85B. Presumption as to electronic records and electronic signatures. 85C. Presumption as to electronic signature certificates. 86. Presumption as to certified copies of foreign judicial records. 87. Presumption as to books, maps and charts. 88. Presumption as to telegraphic messages. 88A. Presumption as to electronic messages. 89. Presumption as to due execution, etc., of documents not produced. 90. Presumption as to documents thirty years old 90A. Presumption as to electronic records five years old. 91. Evidence of terms of contracts, grants and other dispositions of property reduced to form of document. 92. Exclusion of evidence of oral agreement. 93. Exclusion of evidence to explain or amend ambiguous document. 94. Exclusion of evidence against application of document to existing facts. 95. Evidence as to document unmeaning in reference to existing facts. 96. Evidence as to application of language which can apply to one only of several persons. 97. Evidence as to application of language to one of two sets of facts, to neither of which the whole correctly applies. 98. Evidence as to meaning of illegible characters, etc. 99. Who may give evidence of agreement varying terms of document. 100. Saving of provisions of Indian Succession Act relating to wills. 101. Burden of proof. 102. On whom burden of proof lies. 103. Burden of proof as to particular fact. 104. Burden of proving fact to be proved to make evidence admissible 105. Burden of proving that case of accused comes within exceptions. 106. Burden of proving fact especially within knowledge. 107. Burden of proving death of person known to have been alive within thirty years. 108. Burden of proving that person is alive who has not been heard of for seven years. 109. Burden of proof as to relationship in the cases of partners, landlord and tenant, principal and agent. 110. Burden of proof as to ownership. 111. Proof of good faith in transactions where one party is in relation of active confidence. 111A. Presumption as to certain offences. 112. Birth during marriage, conclusive proof of legitimacy. 113. Proof of cession of territory. 113A. Presumption as to abetment of suicide by a married woman. 113B. Presumption as to dowry death. 114. Court may presume existence of certain facts. 114A. Presumption as to absence of consent in certain prosecution for rape 115. Estoppel. 116. Estoppel of tenants and of licensee of person in possession. 117. Estoppel of acceptor of bill of exchange, bailee or licensee. 118. Who may testify. 119. Witness unable to communicate verbally. 120. Parties to civil suit, and their wives or husbands. Husband or wife of person under criminal trial. 121. Judges and Magistrates. 122. Communications during marriage 123. Evidence as to affairs of State. 124. Official communications. 125. Information as to commission of offences. 126. Professional communications. 127. Section 126 to apply to interpreters, etc. 128. Privilege not waived by volunteering evidence 129. Confidential communications with legal advisers. 130. Production of title-deeds of witness not a party. 131. Production of documents or electronic records which another person, having possession, could refuse to produce. 132. Witness not excused from answering on ground that answer will criminate. 133. Accomplice. 134. Number of witnesses. 135. Order of production and examination of witnesses. 136. Judge to decide as to admissibility of evidence. 137. Examination-in-chief. Cross-examination. Re-examination. 138. Order of examinations. Direction of re-examination. 139. Cross-examination of person called to produce a document. 140. Witnesses to character. 141. Leading questions. 142. When they must not be asked. 143. When they may be asked. 144. Evidence as to matters in writing 145. Cross-examination as to previous statements in writing 146. Questions lawful in cross-examination. 147. When witness to be compelled to answer. 148. Court to decide when question shall be asked and when witness compelled to answer. 149. Question not to be asked without reasonable grounds. 150. Procedure of Court in case of question being asked without reasonable grounds. 151. Indecent and scandalous questions. 152. Questions intended to insult or annoy. 153. Exclusion of evidence to contradict answers to questions testing veracity. 154. Question by party to his own witness. 155. Impeaching credit of witness. 156. Questions tending to corroborate evidence of relevant fact, admissible. 157. Former statements of witness may be proved to corroborate later testimony as to same fact. 158. What matters may be proved in connection with proved statement relevant under section 32 or 33. 159. Refreshing memory. 160. Testimony to facts stated in document mentioned in section159. 161. Right of adverse party as to writing used to refresh memory. 162. Production of documents. Translation of documents. 163. Giving, as evidence, of document called for and produced on notice. 164. Using, as evidence, of document production of which was refused on notice 165. Judge’s power to put questions or order production. 166. Power of jury or assessors to put questions. 167. No new trial for improper admission or rejection of evidence. THE SCHEDULE [Repealed.]

Section 92 Indian Evidence Act 1872

Section 92 of the Indian Evidence Act 1872 is about ‘Exclusion of evidence of oral agreement’. It is under Chapter VI of the Act. Chapter VI is titled ‘OF THE EXCLUSION OF ORAL BY DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE‘.

Exclusion of evidence of oral agreement

When the terms of any such contract, grant or other disposition of property, or any matter required by law to be reduced to the form of a document, have been proved according to the last section, no evidence of any oral agreement or statement shall be admitted, as between the parties to any such instrument or their representatives in interest, for the purpose of contradicting, varying, adding to, or subtracting from, its terms:

Proviso (1). –– Any fact may be proved which would invalidate any document, or which would entitle any person to any decree or order relating thereto; such as fraud, intimidation, illegality, want of due execution, want of capacity in any contracting party, [want or failure] of consideration, or mistake in fact or law.

Proviso (2). ––The existence of any separate oral agreement as to any matter on which a document is silent, and which is not inconsistent with its terms, may be proved. In considering whether or not this proviso applies, the Court shall have regard to the degree of formality of the document.

Proviso (3). ––The existence of any separate oral agreement, constituting a condition precedent to the attaching of any obligation under any such contract, grant or disposition of property, may be proved.

Proviso (4). ––The existence of any distinct subsequent oral agreement to rescind or modify any such contract, grant or disposition of property, may be proved, except in cases in which such contract, grant or disposition of property is by law required to be in writing, or has been registered according to the law in force for the time being as to the registration of documents.

Proviso (5). –– Any usage or custom by which incidents not expressly mentioned in any contract are usually annexed to contracts of that description, may be proved:
Provided that the annexing of such incident would not be repugnant to, or inconsistent with, the express terms of the contract.

Proviso (6). –– Any fact may be proved which shows in what manner the language of a document is related to existing facts.


(a) A policy of insurance is effected on goods “in ships from Calcutta to London”. The goods are shipped in a particular ship which is lost. The fact that particular ship was orally excepted from the policy cannot be proved.

(b) A agrees absolutely in writing to pay B Rs. 1,000 on the first March 1873. The fact that, at the same time an oral agreement was made that the money should not be paid till the thirty-first March cannot be proved.

(c) An estate called “the Rampore tea estate” is sold by a deed which contains a map of the property sold. The fact that land not included in the map had always been regarded as part of the estate and was meant to pass by the deed cannot be proved.

(d) A enters into a written contract with B to work certain mines, the property of B, upon certain terms. A was induced to do so by a misrepresentation of B’s as to their value. This fact may be proved.

(e) A institutes a suit against B for the specific performance of a contract, and also prays that the contract may be reformed as to one of its provisions, as that provision was inserted in it by mistake. A may prove that such a mistake was made as would by law entitle him to have the contract reformed.

(f) A orders goods of B by a letter in which nothing is said as to the time of payment, and accepts the goods on delivery. B sues A for the price. A may show that the goods were supplied on credit for a term still unexpired.

(g) A sells B a horse and verbally warrants him sound. A gives B a paper in these words: “Bought of A a horse of Rs. 500”. B may prove the verbal warranty.

(h) A hires lodgings of B, and gives B a card on which is written ––“Rooms, Rs. 200 a month.” A may prove a verbal agreement that these terms were to include partial board.
A hires lodgings of B for a year, and a regularly stamped agreement, drawn up by an attorney, is made between them. It is silent on the subject of board. A may not prove that board was included in the term verbally.

(i) A applies to B for a debt due to A by sending a receipt for the money. B keeps the receipt and does not send the money. In a suit for the amount, A may prove this.

(j) A and B make a contract in writing to take effect upon the happening of a certain contingency. The writing is left with B, who sues A upon it. A may show the circumstances under which it was delivered.

See also:

Section 91 Indian Evidence Act 1872 (Evidence of terms of contracts, grants and other dispositions of property reduced to form of document)

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